Man City boss Guardiola: Sane knows why he's not playing

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Ilkay Gundogan, who started at the base of midfield alongside Fernandinho against Spurs, criticised City's approach in the game, saying they were "not courageous enough" and are "too nervous" in the Champions League.

The Beligan midfielder only came on in the 89th minute, much to the confusion of supporters and observers. "We knew it from weeks ago, how it would be between these important games and Tottenham in the Champions League". After we conceded a goal, in other games, that is true.

City have the chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League in the capital, for a few hours at least. We didn't want to concede a counter-attack, where they are stronger than us. We had two days to rest and they had six.

"De Bruyne has played nearly every game since he came back from injury so it was time to rest him", he added.

"So I think Man City are looking at the fixtures and saying Liverpool have got an easier run in". Sometimes when I review the games I think I was wrong when I was watching the game in the moment, but I had the same feeling as when it happened. "After the penalty, Sergio reacted incredibly well and was mentally strong and the team was stable". I like when they express what they believe. "We lost two games in the last 23 matches". Palace's home record is however not exactly impressive in the top-flight this season as they have won just four times from 16 games at Selhurst Park.

Guardiola is wary of the threat Roy Hodgson's side will pose, warning: "We knew it from weeks ago - Selhurst Park is always hard; not just for the stadium but the quality of players they have".

"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have".

Asked how we'll approach a game against a team whose Premier League fate has already been sealed, Mauricio replied: "Always with all the respect".

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