Silva, De Bruyne orchestrate City's 5-0 win over Palace

10 May, 2017, 04:07 | Author: Felix Jensen
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'Quite simply David Silva is the wizard, ' added Belgium global Kompany, who scored City's second goal.

Sterling added further gloss to the scoreline with his first Premier League goal since February, before Otamendi completed the rout by heading home a fifth in second-half stoppage time.

With both teams engaged in tight battles for either a Champions League spot (Manchester City) or avoiding relegation (Crystal Palace), this game has all the nervy pregame buildup needed to make it one of the main attractions on Saturday's slate of Premier League games.

A Sergio Aguero-less Manchester City steam rolled past a hapless Crystal Palace side at the Etihad by banging in five goals without any reply.

Three successive defeats, culminating in this humbling at the hands of a Manchester City side showcasing the ruthlessness too often missing during an underwhelming first season under Pep Guardiola, have increased the pressure and Allardyce has called for an urgent refocusing against Hull.

It was City's biggest home win since they thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 in September, back when Guardiola had a 100% winning record with City and his team were top of the table. "Our home games were not ideal in the season and we have to change it if we want to play in Europe next season". "It couldn't have gone any better".

"So it is a massive game for us all, and our players have to hold their nerve and produce a massive performance".

The outstanding David Silva, who passed a fitness test to feature, set City on their way to three crucial points in the Champions League qualification race by scoring after just two minutes.

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"We deserved to get punished like we did", Allardyce said.

"Our strength has come from our solid defensive unit, and that today was left in tatters". His creativity and vision was sorely missed by City in those games, and Palace didn't know how to deal with him here.

Silva, out for a fortnight after suffering a blow to his knee during the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal, struck inside the first two minutes.

Silva gleefully swept home his opening goal after Martin Kelly, a right back playing at centre back, failed to adequately head clear a short cross from Sterling. Booked: Kompany. Goals: Silva 2, Kompnay 49, De Bruyne 59, Sterling 82, Otamendi 90.

City completely dominated and should have been more than one goal ahead at the break with Leroy Sane twice denied by Wayne Hennessey. "What he does to keep the ball means there is nearly no chance to get the ball from him".

Yaya Toure, down the left, swung a ball to Pablo Zabaleta who headed backwards to Raheem Sterling.

Crystal Palace might be six points off the drop zone, though they still stand in danger of being relegated.

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