Bad week for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s 200th in the Premier League turned into a nightmare. Coming out in the knockout stages of the League Cup, a competition in which they were the quadruple defending champions, the Skyblues were surprised (2-0) by a bottom team. table, Crystal Palace, Etihad Stadium, Saturday in the UK league.
The team headed by Patrick Vieira, who remained on one loss and four draws in the Premier League, have their first feat of the season there. A performance that she owes in part to her striker, Wilfried Zaha, active and author of the opener (6th), which is also at the origin of the expulsion of France. §Ais Aymeric Laporte (45th).
But also to a huge underperformance of Pep Guardiola’s men, totally absent from the debates in the first period, like the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne. Replaced by John Stones in the second act, the international midfielder is going through a very complicated period.
Quite the opposite of Conor Gallagher, very lively on the side of Crystal Palace. Decisive passer on Wilfried Zaha’s goal, the Chelsea-owned midfielder caused several dangerous situations throughout the game, including one from Jordan Ayew, who could (have) enabled Crystal Palace to take the sea earlier in this meeting.
The former Marseillais perfectly executed a series of leg passes inside the surface to erase his opponent and get back on his left foot, but the foot surface used on the strike was less opportune. The balloon flew into the stands.
A real relief for the suffering Etihad Stadium. A few seconds earlier, Crystal Palace was still not leading the way, the intense pressure from the Citizens having finally found a deserved conclusion with a delicious goal from Gabriel Jesus, served by the brilliant Phil Foden, whose oriented control allowed him to deliver a delicious little ball from the far post.
Alas, the video assist intervened to signal an offside position and cut short the festivities, cooling an atmosphere that had suddenly become hot. Cruel. All the more cruel as Crystal Palace definitively buried the hopes of a return of Manchester City supporters after a well-executed action in transition. By dint of procrastinating, Zaha could have ruined everything.
But he had the lucidity to serve Olise after a series of dribbling, the latter subtly handing over to Gallagher whose recovery was hooking the post to get into the goal, under the helpless gaze of a demented Ederson. Sorry. Manchester City are third, two points behind the still unbeaten Liverpool, and five behind leaders Chelsea. Crystal Palace climbs to 13th place in the standings.