Guardiola warned in the press conference that the visit to Crystal Palace wouldn’t be easy for Manchester City – indeed, they found it difficult to open the scoring in the first half.
However, when City did find the target they did so in style, with two fantastic goals in two minutes from Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres.
The Premier League is practically in the bag for City, who look unstoppable at the moment. They showed this once again against Crystal Palace, against whom Pep left many starters on the bench with a look ahead to the Chamions League on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s side were superior in the first half, but they lacked conviction in the final third. Then the second half arrived with a goal came that gave them confidence to end the contest. Sergio Aguero was the one to find the net after 57 minutes, in a strike which could be his last goal for the ‘Sky Blues’ – he has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season, with Barca waiting in the wings.
The Argentine’s goal was a work of art – a cross from Mendy down the left, control by Aguero followed shortly after by a sensational half-volley into the top corner of Guaita’s goal. It was his first goal of 2021.
Just two minutes later City killed off the game in London. After a clearance fell kindly to Ferran Torres, the Spaniard dribbled towards the edge of the box, lifted his head and placed a shot with his left foot just out of reach of Vincente Guaita. 0-2 in a flash.
Overall, some fantastic offensive quality showcased by Guardiola’s men, with an Aguero could might have scored his last goal in a City shirt and still without knowing his next destination. All of this just days away from being confirmed Premier League champions and with one foot in the Champions League final.