Ruben Dias believes ten-man City gave everything they had to try to earn victory during the 2-0 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. He spoke after the match and had a lot to say.
“It’s always a tough game in the Premier League, whoever the opponent,” he said. “Today we were not at our best but even so the team fought and gave everything, but it was not enough today.
“The reaction is that we have a game in a short period of time and we are already thinking about it. Today we lost three very important points but it is what it is, it is football. We are definitely not happy but looking forward already.
“Whatever happens this team is always motivated. We’re always going for it. We knew we had a tough job to do in the second half and we came with everything we’ve got but it just wasn’t enough.”
“We scored a goal but it was ruled out for offside unfortunately,” he said. “That threw us down a little bit because at that moment I thought we’re going to do it, but unfortunately we could not. It’s time to look forward.
“When things don’t go well, everything is missing. But today, the team was there.”
“But also the way the team went into half-time with one player less. The way we came back. We got on top of them. That’s the spirit we need. That’s the biggest positive from today. We showed lots of character to keep fighting until the end.
“In this life you always need to bounce back and to turn it around. There’s always a chance to turn it around. Today I felt something that I feel will be very important going forward.
“It’s an important week, like any other, and we’re looking forward and we will be there.”
Good on Dias for defending his team, but the players have to be better. We’ll hope for it on the next match.