City’s unbeaten home run came to an end against Crystal Palace.
City were quickly down after conceding inside the first 10 minutes, and after losing Aymeric Laporte to a straight red in first-half added time, faced a really steep struggle.
Despite a quite good second-half and and a goal disallowed by VAR, Palace stole a late second to record a controversial 2-0 victory.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“It could be a yellow or red,” he said of the Laporte incident at his post-match press conference.
“It depends on the referee and what he thinks. The goal, I imagine the linesman says he’s offside.
“We didn’t lose because of that. We conceded the first goal and we weren’t able to score a goal but after that we really good and for 25-30 minutes of the second we were good.
“But when you play 50 minutes 10 against 11, it is difficult for a team like us because you need the process and to do everything right.
“The players showed character and tried, but unfortunately many, many things went wrong and we lost the game.”
“Good strong defence, three midfielders defending and winning duels, winning the ball, blocks and then using the counter with Zaha up front and with fast players,” he added.
“It’s always tough because of that reason.
“They have very good players. When they get the ball, they keep it and want to play. I said after the Brighton game to prepare mentally straight away because it would be very difficult.
“I saw against Brighton and Arsenal so I knew perfectly how difficult they are and they showed it today.”
A truly disappointing result.
Changes need to be made in how this team plays— Les Owens (@GoodKidManCity) October 30, 2021