Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kevin De Bruyne glad to end Manchester City scoring drought

Kevin De Bruyne glad to end Manchester City scoring drought

Asked whether City could count on a fully fit Kompany next season, Guardiola was realistic in his assessment but acknowledged his backline operates with far more confidence if the Belgium global is around.

The City boss was speaking after watching his side tighten their grip on a place in the top four with a 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Kompany has only played eight times in the Premier League this season but City have taken 13 points from those matches, averaging out as 1.63 points won per match the defender has played in. We have games where we had 19 chances and didn't score a goal.

"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be fantastic".

De Bruyne now has five goals and 15 assist to his name in the Premier League this season, while also contributing to a couple of goals in the Champions League.

'I remember the game against Everton: we lost 4-0, ' said Guradiola.

"There have been a few games this season where we should have had the victory but this was different." he added.

Much was made earlier in the season of Guardiola's desire to play fluent attacking football starting with ball-playing centre-backs such as the currently-injured John Stones.

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"Our system did not cause us to concede today's first goal - our defender had to clear the ball and he didn't, and from it they scored".

You see Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, they create enough chances, similar to us, but they score goals.

"Our problem is finishing these chances- this is the most hard thing in football".

Crystal Palace's manager (Big) Sam Allardyce will welcome Frenchman Yohan Cabaye in the lineup.

"But It doesn't matter what system you pick or play if you make mistakes like we made today".

"I don't think you can set out and say you want to win 5-0 - first of all you want to win - but then when you do it you realise it was a big result and a big performance".

Palace travelled to Manchester with the scalps of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal to their name from the last five weeks, but a misshapen Eagles side never looked like doing the same to Pep Guardiola's side and were dismantled in a weak second-half display. We scored a lot and got the clean sheet.

"I didn't speak with him but I'm pretty sure Manuel Pellegrini missed him a lot last season, for the last two seasons".

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