Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, stated that his objective in the Premier League is to attain a top four position to get an opportunity to play in the Champions League next season.
The City boss was speaking after the club strengthened their Premier League top-four aspirations with a 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Crystal Palace side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (6/05/17).
“Our performance was high level. I’m pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here.
“Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, even Everton… it’s so important to play in the Champions League. It’s in our hands,” Mr Guardiola indicated.
According to AFP, David Silva returned from injury with a goal as Manchester City strengthened their Champions League qualification chances.
Silva, out for a fortnight after suffering a blow to his knee during the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal, struck inside the first two minutes.
Second-half goals from Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi completed the scoring as City surpassed Liverpool into third in the Premier League, on goal difference, and also moved four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.
Crystal Palace are not yet safe from the threat of relegation as Saturday’s reverse was their third straight defeat.
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce told BBC Radio 5 live:
“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. Individuals did not perform to our usual standards.
“My team was unrecognisable from what I’ve seen over the past two or three months – hopefully that is a one-off and the lads have got it out of their system ahead of the biggest game of the season next week at home to Hull.”
Allardyce has picked up just one point from his past nine top-flight visits to the Etihad.