Silva stars as Man City thrash Palace to maintain Champions League bid

The Citizens moved in third place on the Premier League standings after thrashing Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, moving ahead of Liverpool on goal difference and four ahead of the Red Devils in fifth place.

The City manager said: 'I remember only one game when the opponent created more chance than us: it was White Hart Lane at Tottenham. But Palace did well to withstand the pressure and chances at the other end. Even the next champion, Chelsea.

"Every season is different so it's hard to comment, but the way we did it against Palace was good - now we have to do it for three more games".

"Finish strongly now and we give ourselves something to look forward to next season because you want to be in four competitions", he said.

Firstly, Pep Guardiola has spoken of his relief at the form of Vincent Kompany on his return from injury. Against (Manchester) United we created 19 chances - no goals. Focus on what your best game was recently, or your best two games, and put that in your mind for the rest of the week and say to yourself on a daily basis, "That is what I am going to produce next week". When you play against Manchester City you can't afford those, they will punish you as we saw today.

"(Former manager) Manuel Pellegrini missed him a lot last season and you can see that. That's why we're in the situation that we are'. And since then, he has played six of City's last seven games, reminding his employers in each match of what he is capable of. 'They arrived four times. I'm sure we can drive them on to perform at that level more and more. At the high level, you see Real Madrid, you see Barcelona, you see Juventus, they create enough chances, quite similar like us.

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It was Silva who opened the scoring early on, as he swept the ball into the back of the net after Martin Kelly's weak clearing header.

"But in reality I can vouch for him in the sense that I've been around a lot of top people in football and all of them had qualities, but he's really special".

Silva nearly started the second half as he did the first as he turned well in the box to fire a shot at goal, but it was away to the right and never bothering Hennessey. We have games where we had 19 chances and didn't score a goal. "That has not happened since a long time ago".

"It was only 1-0 after the first half so it wasn't easy".

It has been a tough first year in England for Guardiola, who will finish a season without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career.

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