Crystal Palace 0 Man City 2: It’s a happy day, beams Manuel Pellegrini
Crystal Palace 0 Man City 2: Manuel Pellegrini is delighted after the Citizens seal victory at Selhurst Park
Manuel Pellegrini could not hide his delight after Manchester City capitalised on Liverpool’s defeat by Chelsea with victory at Crystal Palace.
Yaya Toure crossed for Edin Dzeko to head City into a fourth-minute lead at Selhurst Park before the Ivorian curled a second from 15 yards just before half-time.
Now we continue as we were two weeks ago, depending only on what we do
The victory came after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield gave City the chance to cut Liverpool’s lead to three points with a game in hand.
“It was a happy day and it was very important for us,” said Pellegrini. “Before today we were depending on other teams. Now we continue as we were two weeks ago, depending only on what we do.
“It was important to get a good start but also not to let Crystal Palace score.
“It was a very professional performance. But it’s not finished, we have to play three games more. We will see in the future who will be the best.
“Of course we talked with the players [about the Liverpool result] before the game but we could not play against Palace depending on Liverpool – we still had to win so we were very concentrated on our own game.”