Man City crosses Crystal Palace and is close to coronation
Leaders Manchester City threw the ball at Manchester United’s stadium, after defeating its host Crystal Palace 2-0, on Saturday, in the 34th stage of the English Premier League, which puts the second in front of the necessity of defeating its guest Liverpool on Sunday to delay the likely coronation of his opponent in the title.
City raised its score to 80 points, compared to 67 for Manchester United, who would not be able to catch up with him if he lost to Liverpool, the 2020 champion. If he is crowned, City will raise the number of his titles to 7, including 3 in the last four seasons.
After a modest technical first half, Manchester City, who was in the fourteenth place last November before a wonderful series, scored his two goals in the second half through the returning Argentine Sergio Agüero (57) and the young Spaniard Ferran Torres (59).
The Spanish coach of City Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the squad that beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in his own home, on Wednesday, in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, in order to rest them before the second leg of Tuesday in Manchester.
Man City was crowned the first of its titles this season by winning the League Cup by beating Tottenham 1-0, and then returned with its victory over St. Germain, to come close to qualifying for its first continental final in the most prominent competition, knowing that it failed to skip the quarter-finals in the seasons. Last three. He also reached the semi-finals of the National Cup, where he was knocked out against Chelsea.
The first half did not witness serious opportunities, with the exception of one for Belgian Christian Benteke from close range away from City goalkeeper Ederson (28), so that coach Roy Hodgson’s team, who ranked thirteenth in the standings, entered the dressing rooms, tying with City.
It was the first time in 21 games that City failed to hit the opponent’s goal in the first half.
In the second half, City exposed his fangs, showing his true face.
Within two minutes, he scored two goals, the first through his historic goal-scorer Aguero, preparing inside the cross-section of the French left-back Benjamin Mendy, then he fired half a missile plane into the ceiling of the goal (57), raising his score to four goals this season and 258 in the history of his participation with City.
After 83 seconds, young Spaniard Ferrand Torres doubled the numbers with a smart floor in the far corner (59).
The result would have risen to three, had it not been for the standing of the post in front of Raheem Sterling’s ground shot (62), and then dispersed the French center-back Emeric Laporte’s close shot (66).
And Guardiola had complained before the match about the crowds of matches this season, “There are many confrontations in a short time. On our land, outside our stadium, on our land, travel …”. “You can’t have one game. We don’t have time to rest more than a day or two,” he said.
And City raised its score under Guardiola’s supervision, who is coming in 2016, to 700 goals in various competitions, a difference of more than 157 goals from his closest pursuers from the English clubs.