Pep Guardiola laments ‘many, many’ mistakes as Crystal Palace shock Man City

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lamented the “many, many things” that went wrong as his side lost ground in the Premier League title race following a 2-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace.

Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Aymeric Laporte was sent off in the dying embers of the first-half.

After the interval, Gabriel Jesus’ equaliser was ruled out after VAR adjudged him to have been offside when Phil Foden’s cross reached the Brazilian in the box.

While, of course, these kind of results can happen over the course of a season, the loss seemed particularly damaging on a weekend in which Chelsea moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

“Could be yellow card or could be the red card,” Guardiola said of Laporte’s red card, having been judged to have denied a goalscoring opportunity.

“It depends on the decision of the boss, the referee.

“The goal disallowed I didn’t see but I imagine the linesman said it’s offside.

“The goal we concede in Brighton, it was offside and they continued, they score a goal, we didn’t lose for that.

“We’re not able to win the game, we conceded our first goal (at home in the Premier League this season) and after we work really well in the first half and, I would say, 25 to 30 minutes in the second one.

“But after playing for 45 minutes 10 against 11, a team like us we need the process and do everything right, that the people, the players, show character.

“But unfortunately it went wrong in many, many things and we lose the game.

“We conceded the goal early on but how many chances did they have? They had that goal and no more (in the first half).

“It is quite similar the last seasons when Crystal Palace came here under (Roy) Hodgson. We lost one game one year and we drew another one.

“It’s the same process. It takes time to change the rhythm because the keeper all the time takes the momentum, long balls. They are good at keeping the ball.

“They have quality, they defend really well with solidarity and defend the gaps and block the shots.

“We cannot say that we had many but we had enough chances in the first half to score.

“When 10 against 11 it is more difficult, we scored a goal, it was disallowed and even Rodri had one or two chances to score. At the end, the counter-attack anything can happen.”

Additional reporting from PA

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