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Guardiola wants Man City to be ‘more clinical’ after 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City side to be ‘more clinical’ following their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva secured a crucial win for the Premier League champions, who closed to gap on leaders Liverpool to five points ahead of their Merseyside rivals’ trip to face Manchester United on Sunday.

Man City began without a recognised central defender due to injuries to both Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker, but bounced back from their defeat to Wolves prior to the international break with a dominant performance at Selhurst Park.

Guardiola admits he was pleased with his side’s display, but has urged his side to be ‘more clinical’ in front of goal after seeing several good chances wasted in a relentless attacking display.

“As always good. We played good, created a lot of chances,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“They are always so strong for the second ball.

“Unfortunately we could not convert the enough chances we had but it was an important three points after the international break. They were I think one point below, so they are having an incredible season.

“Hopefully we can start from here and continue our good performance. Their keeper made a lot of saves but hopefully we can be more clinical.”

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