Final Score: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
Crystal Palace’s ugly, defensive work frustrated Pep Guardiola and his side as the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate. A penalty was feebly shot by Luka Milivojevic in the stoppage time, which meant an 18 match winning run came to an end, with Manchester City still unbeaten in the league.
As expected, it was one-way traffic for the most part of the game with the away side playing a high line in defence and dominating the proceedings. Sadly, Sergio Aguero was just a whisker away from being the super sub. The Cityzens had the better chances and remain 14 points ahead of 2nd-placed Chelsea.
Manchester City Players Ratings
He was in the middle of a miscommunication that happened with Eliaquim Mangala, but smothered away the routine saves and stood up to the task for Van Aanholt’s deflected strike and the spot kick.
Kyle Walker: 7.5/10
He won the aerial duels and strolled forward. But in a few one on one situations with Zaha, he felt the heat.
Nicolas Otamendi: 8.5/10
His diagonal and square passing was top stuff. Even while stopping the shots or positioning himself in the box, Otamendi was on top of his game.
Eliaquim Mangala: 7.5/10
Stuck to his basics, used his strength to good effect and cleared the ball well. His man-marking though needs to be better. He switched off on a couple of occasions.
Took good care of Andros Townsend, right from the first minute. He choked him for space and barely got caught out of position. Going forward though, he lacked the pace to get past a player or deliver a cross in.
He tied the players together in midfield again and was reliable as ever. He covered a lot of space and ground and got his passes right.
Ilkay Gundogan: 7/10
He ran around well, worked it accurately with his teammates and released players often. One could argue he was unlucky to be subbed off.
Kevin De Bruyne: 5/10
If Manchester City don’t win, it’s quite clear that Kevin De Bruyne hasn’t played one of his better matches. His early crossing wasn’t good enough. Overall, the range wasn’t prominent.
Bernardo Silva: 7/10
Quick feet, dribbled well but the incision wasn’t always there in the final third. He had the opportunity to get a shot away but didn’t capitalise.
Leroy Sané: 6/10
Lost the ball cheaply when he should have put his head up if not shift gears and charge forward. Otherwise, he provided the width and cut in effectively.
Gabriel Jesus: 5/10
Sustained a bad injury. But even before that, his presence wasn’t really felt in the box. Jesus didn’t drop deeper to receive the ball either.
Sergio Agüero: 7/10
Got his shots away with ease but was unlucky when he struck the post. The Argentine’s dribbling was just fine. Also to add, he used his strength well.
Raheem Sterling: 5/10
For once, didn’t manage to produce the magic late on. His touch wasn’t good enough, lacked the cutting edge.
Yaya Toure: N/A
Came on in the 81st minute and just passed around efficiently.