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De Bruyne starts for City vs Watford after horror Puncheon tackle

03 Enero 2018

Not since August 21 had Manchester City dropped any points.

Manchester City saw their record 18-game winning run in the Premier League ended with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the leaders dealt a further blow with injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

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Six of the past eight fixtures have been on the road and that means a lot of travelling, a lot of time in hotels and a lot of time away from families. "It is all I am asking".

Llorente's 15 goals last season were arguably the main reason why Swansea was able to stay in England's top division.

"We had enough chances to kill the match".

It's a sobering thought that City have played six away games in the space of 25 days!

It came as no surprise when City did make it 3-0, De Bruyne again causing trouble with a wicked ball from the right. A centre-back by trade, the Dutchman was nevertheless deployed in a left-sided central midfield position in a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1.

Palace battled admirably against a star-filled side averaging nearly three goals a game and had to overcome its own injury loss - Palace captain Scott Dann also left the match on a stretcher after an earlier foul on De Bruyne - as well as City's sustained second-half pressure. It remains to be seen for how long the favourite for English soccer's Player of the Year award is sidelined. Benteke's shot was struck against Mangala, however.

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También se lesionó, en el tiempo añadido, el belga Kevin De Bruyne , que abandonó en camilla el terreno de juego. La opción fue clara: el penal que Luka Milivojevic falló ante el arquero Ederson , ya en el final.

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City, the runaway Premier League leader, needed the late intervention of goalkeeper Ederson's trailing leg to keep out Luka Milivojevic's penalty kick and secure a 0-0 draw against a plucky Palace.

Despite, as expected, the visitors seeing the vast majority of possession and creating a large amount of opportunities, the plaudits belonged to the Eagles' defence, whose heroics stopped the Citizens from finding the back of the net for the first time this season. Fifteen minutes from time they finally created a proper goalscoring opportunity, but Townsend blazed high and wide after a low ball across the box.

It leaves City with only one fit senior striker in Sergio Aguero, who replaced Jesus at Selhurst Park.

He had the not-always-easy task of keeping Sane quiet which he managed well, with the German restricted to few chances during the entertaining encounter.

Aguero, who replaced Jesus, went closest in the first half as he rattled the woodwork in the 28th minute.

The second is that an offence of this type, if punished with a yellow card, cannot be revisited, to avoid 're-refereeing' the game; in other words, to protect match officials from embarrassment.

That was not the only bad news for Pep Guardiola on Sunday.

Nevertheless, this was a poor display - with various moments of technical lapses which felt so uncharacteristic. Maybe he will not be ready for Watford game in two days. Fernandinho attempted a diagonal which he thumped straight out of play.

De Bruyne starts for City vs Watford after horror Puncheon tackle