Manchester City, Crystal Palace draw ends City's record winning run

Manchester City, Crystal Palace draw ends City's record winning run

Manchester City, Crystal Palace draw ends City's record winning run

De Bruyne was later seen being helped down the touchline back to the dressing room by City's medical staff. After surviving 90 minutes at 0-0, Palace's Wilfried Zaha went down in the box on a foul by Raheem Sterling, giving the 17th place side a golden opportunity to take down the all-but-anointed champions with a penalty kick.

FourFourTwo picked up City boss Guardiola's comments on SIlva's return date, where he said: "I don't know. But now Alexis is an Arsenal player".

City came close to signing Sanchez on the final day of the summer transfer window. "We know how strong physically it is England but teams miss big players, not just Manchester City".

"We will recover one or two players who were unable to play today before the Southampton game, but after an effort like this you'd wish we could make the amount of changes that Manchester City feel they can always make when you look at the quality of the players they have who aren't playing".

When pressed on Alexis Sanchez, Guardiola added: "We will have meetings and see what is best".

He said, "Please, referees, they have to protect players".

After 18 games and more than four months, Manchester City's record winning run in the Premier League is finally over.

Watford is the first test, with Marco Silva's team going into the game having had nearly 24 hours extra rest than City since their defeat against Swansea on Saturday.

Hodgson claimed before the game there was "no magic formula" to competing with City, insisting his Palace side's hopes of getting something from the game hinged on working hard, and defending well while maintaining an attacking threat.

But dropping points for the first time since August - and failing to score in a league game for the first time since January - might be the least of City's worries.

Only two teams have won more Premier League points in a calendar year than Man City in 2017 (98) - Man Utd in 1993 (102) and Chelsea in 2005 (101).

They also had a glorious chance to hand City their first defeat of the season, with Milivojevic missing a penalty in injury-time.

Yet after being so impressive for so long, the draw at Crystal Palace offered proof that City can be stopped.

"The Premier League is a very physical league and the referees must take care of the players".

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