Pep Guardiola expects his Manchester City side to be pushed to our limits against Crystal Palace in Saturday’s 15:00 (UK) kick-off.

The Eagles make the trip up to the Etihad Stadium looking to end a five-match winless run in the Premier League.

However, the London side have avoided defeat in three of their past five visits.

It’s a fixture which, Guardiola admits, has caused us problems in the past, and he’s braced for a similarly difficult assignment this weekend as we aim for a third win in the space of six days.


“Always they have been tough games, so it will be a tough game,” he said.

“How they defend is brilliant, they don’t need much. Set pieces with [Joachim] Andersen and the other guys, it will be a tough game.

“It always has been, I don’t remember easy games against Roy Hodgson’s teams, Patrick Vieira neither but especially with Roy.

“The teams are really good, they play incredibly well against Liverpool and unfortunately a player was sent off.

“[When you have] 10 against 11 it’s almost impossible but 11 v 11 I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Hear Guardiola’s thoughts in full via the video above…