EPL: Guardiola speaks on defeat to Crystal Palace, catching up with Liverpool

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he was not disappointed by his players’ effort, despite suffering a surprise 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring for the home side at the Etihad, but Palace hit back with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend followed by a Luka Milivojevic penalty.

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne gave City late hope, but it was not enough and they remain four points behind leaders Liverpool after their first home defeat of the season.

“We started quite decent and created chances.

“We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.

“The third goal… we cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this. Three shots on goal and three goals.

“It’s complicated but we fight until the last second. We are in December and we will try and recover and try and win games again,” Guardiola told the BBC.

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