The Etihad Stadium
FA Premier League
26/03/2019 3:00 pm
Referee: Andre Marriner of The West Midlands
|Manchester City||Crystal Palace|
|Gündogan (27'), De Bruyne (85')||Schlupp (33'), Townsend (35'), Milivojevic (51' pen)|
|31 Ederson||31 Vincente Guaita|
|2 Kyle Walker||29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka|
|30 Nicolas Otamendi||Agüero 50'||5 James Tomkins|
|14 Aymeric Laporte||12 Mamadou Sakho|
|18 Fabian Delph||De Bruyne 62'||3 Patrick van Aanholt|
|20 Bernardo Silva||10 Andros Townsend|
|5 John Stones||18 James McArthur|
|8 Ilkay Gündogan||4 Luka Milivojevic|
|7 Raheem Sterling||Mahrez 69'||15 Jeffrey Schlupp|
|33 Gabriel Jesus||7 Max Meyer||Puncheon 90+5'|
|19 Leroy Sané||11 Wilfried Zaha||J Ayew 88'|
|3 Danilo||1 Julian Speroni|
|10 Sergio Agüero||2 Joel Ward|
|17 Kevin De Bruyne||6 Scott Dann|
|26 Riyad Mahrez||9 Alexander Sørloth|
|35 Oleks Zinchenko||14 Jordan Ayew|
|47 Philip Foden||42 Jason Puncheon|
|49 Aro Muric||44 Jairo Riedewald|
Johnny On The Spot: #COMPLACENCY PUNISHED. Pep Guardiola’s “not so wise men” coughed up 3 gifts today to a gobsmacked Crystal Palace who could scarcely believe their good fortune and punished the Blues with aplomb. …Where was this game won and lost? I would suggest that the combination of City full backs Walker and Delph failing repeatedly to get goal side of their man and our creative men Gündogan and Bernardo’s inability to hit the killer channels that are our trademark surrendered a game that opened with the Blues dominating a rigid Palace 5-4-1, albeit without the usual zip. Quintessentially, City beat themselves.
This was surely the most error strewn City performance of the modern age that we have seen. Palace to their credit were combative and hard working in equal measure. That said, they were able to steer City players in possession back into traffic far too easily such was the champions lack of edge. So comfortable were Palace, although looking spent in the face of City’s late rally, that Roy Hodgson did not utilise all of his substitutes. That’s as damning a statistic as they come at the Etihad Stadium.
So where do we go from here? Well, one could suggest that a collective frequency of fixtures and managing of injuries has finally caught up with City. Some might say that World Cup fatigue has told again with all 4 of City’s England stars in particular on the wane in this contest. But you cannot excuse succumbing to the reigning champions dreaded curse, complacency, nor a failure across the side to stay sharp and focused when and where it matters in an unforgiving league, regardless of the side selected.
City must now regroup on Christmas Day afternoon, go to Leicester that evening with the right attitude restored and get this defeat out of their system rapidly. There is no further margin for error.
– A Merry Christmas to all across Planet Blue from everyone at VMC!