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City need a result against the Eagles and will be looking to cement their position in the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots - especially as at least one of their fellow top four rivals will definitely drop points on Sunday when Manchester United face Arsenal on Sunday.

City are now fourth in the league, a point and a place behind Liverpool with a game in hand.

Guardiola believes City would have been worthy champions this season had they been more clinical in front of goal. "We have two more games at home... one more than Liverpool".

Having endured a hard first season in Manchester to date, many have questioned whether the Spanish tactician has what it takes to succeed in England.

"In the second half we scored our chances at the right time".

Guardiola's stats are correct - Spurs had 13 shots to City's 12 when they lost at White Hart Lane in October.

Second-half goals from Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolás Otamendi compounded their misery and left them on 38 points, four ahead of Hull in the final relegation place.

- Crystal Palace suffered their joint-biggest margin of defeat in a Premier League game (also 1-6 v Liverpool in August 1994 and 0-5 v Liverpool in November 1992).




City manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the media after the game and highlighted the importance of the victory in the race for a Champions League place.

"Maybe they are going to score a goal, Arsenal scored a goal [in last month's FA Cup semi-final defeat] when Vinny was there in the six-yard box, so that can happen".

We may have to wait until Saturday for Manchester City's next game but there are still plenty of headlines about the club in this morning's papers. A nine-match winning run - Tottenham's longest since its last title-winning season in 1960-61 - came to an end meekly to leave the team four points behind Chelsea, who has a game in hand.

This "capitulation", as Sam Allardyce described it, coupled with Swansea's 1-0 win over Everton, means they need at least a draw from their showdown with fellow strugglers Hull at Selhurst Park on Saturday to guarantee survival. "They punished us heavily", he said.

It was their lack of attacking threat that was the most surprising aspect of their performance, but few areas of their team emerged with any credit.

"It was a bit of a capitulation". In the statistics, we are the team in the Premier League with the most clear-cut chances, but are seventh in the teams scoring the most goals. That is the biggest disappointment.

"Manchester City, normally when they beat you here, produce outstanding skills but we gifted them easy chances to score and they thrashed us".

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