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Guardiola Keen To Win Again Vs Palace, Backs Rooney

 

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that his side will not focus on Crystal Palace's position in the Premier League table, rather they will be more concerned about how to fight for the win against the London-based club.

 

City will hope to return to winning ways when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Palace following their 1-1 home draw against newly promoted Middlesbrough.

 

Palace are currently 16th on the log and have lost their last four games.

 

Guardiola, in his pre-match press conference on Friday, singled out Christian Benteke as one player they will have to pay close attention to while praising Alan Pardew.

 

"When I see a team I never look at the position of the table," Guardiola said. "I see the games, I don’t go to see which position they are, I try to analyse what they do and especially when they play good, they are strong, it is not easy. They cross a lot. Benteke in the box is unstoppable. 

 

"Every game is different. Maybe tomorrow they make the best performance ever or maybe not, so this kind of thing does not depend upon which position they are in now.

 

"It will be tough. A coach (Pardew) with a lot of experience in England. They are fast, one against one. We know the situation.

 

"We create enough to win the games and concede few. But we need to improve to find the right way to win these kinds of games. 

 

"The schedule is so stressful for the players. It’s so demanding. We cannot lose, cannot play bad. We have to handle that.

 

"We didn’t win three games at home and we lost three points. But I try to be optimistic. I have a lot of confidence in my team."

 

The former Bayern Munich boss expressed delight that young Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus will be joining City in January.

 

"We’re delighted that he is coming in January to join us. We’re going to try to help him to settle down in Manchester as quick as possible. It’s not easy but we have here one of the two nicest people I’ve ever met in my career – Fernando and Fernandinho. He is one guy more to help us to achieve our targets. 

 

And on Wayne Rooney's recent drinking scandal, Guardiola said: "I was an international player and sometimes I drunk. We are people and are old enough to take responsibility. But it’s private life.

 

"I don’t like it when people comment on my private life so I won’t comment. I have a lot of respect for the career of Wayne Rooney."

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