Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed his side’s performance despite dropping two points against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
City controlled the game and created a number of chances but could not crack Palace’s defence as the pair settled for a barren draw. The result left the title race wide open as Guardiola’s men are just four points ahead of second-placed Liverpool who gave a game in hand against Arsenal on Wednesday.
“Nine games left, many to play. I know we have to win a lot of games but, the way we played…no regrets,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“We prefer to win of course but the game was well played.”
“We played to win the game so we created more, the stats are there. The way we played was amazing in a difficult stadium, with the grass not perfect and we were there all the time, with or without the ball.”
“I thought a lot about making changes but they were playing good, the guys had the ability to score a goal,” he noted.
“But in the end, we were playing more with emotion, they were defending, but I thought they were playing good.”
Palace have now avoided defeat against City in a Premier League season for the first time since 1995.