Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will respect Crystal Palace'

Ruben Hill
September 22, 2017

"But I admire him".

"I admire Roy Hodgson, he has had a long career and that always deserves respect".

Hodgson has performed relegation-saving marvels at West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, but Palace's plight represents a huge challenge for the 70-year-old former England manager.

"The players must know that we could lose that game tomorrow". "A manager needs time".

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be back in contention for the visit of the Premier League's bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday.

But Guardiola has warned his expensive stars of the dangers of complacency. I've heard from the beginning every single team can beat the others. "I believe in the quality of the way we play".

"What I saw from Palace against Southampton and Burnley, I showed to my players the chances they created in two games".

"We still have a lot of work to do tactically with the players until we are satisfied that we can produce the level of the first-half performance for a longer period".

City striker Sergio Aguero will go into the game just two goals short of equalling the club's all-time scoring record of 177. It depends if we can control it. "When that happens we will be closer to winning the game".

"We'd love to go into that last game before the global break with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with three points".

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will not feature after suffering a knee sprain in midweek but the problem is not serious and he should soon return to training.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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