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Man City: Guardiola reveals defensive concerns for ‘tough’ Palace test

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The Citizens come into the game on the back of a shaky display against Newcastle.

Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to stay aware of Crystal Palace’s attacking ‘weapons’ in their upcoming Premier League game.

The Citizens drew 3-3 against Newcastle last week, dropping points at St. James’ Park. 

Next up, they must lock horns with Palace, who come into the game after an impressive win over Aston Villa.  

“With Roy Hodgson and now Patrick Vieira. They defend really well, their resilience and incredible amount of quality. From nothing they create something,” Guardiola said.

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“Especially we have to be aware not to make mistakes because they are a side that defends the 18-yard box really well, good set pieces, good transitions.

With [Jordan] Ayew, [Wilfried] Zaha especially, with [Eberechi] Eze, [Odsonne] Edouard, they have weapons, experienced players in the middle. Hopefully we can break them and win the game.

“We know how good they are, they are a tough side, we are looking forward to the challenge. I rate Vieira as a human being and the incredible job he is doing.”

City slipped behind Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table after their draw against Newcastle. 

Let’s see if they can close the gap to Mikel Arteta’s in-form side by beating the Eagles this weekend.