On a day in which Liverpool and Arsenal drew, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City picked up a crucial three points away at Crystal Palace. Home draws against Southampton and Middlesbrough were jumped upon as a sing City were stumbling, so to come away from a potential banana skin unscathed was a positive outcome. Yaya Toure made his first Premier League start of the season and scored a brace, evoking memories of the vital goal he scored at Selhurst Park in 2014 as City took a stronghold of the Premier League title race. Alan Pardew meanwhile, is struggling to shake off the impression that he is a feast or famine manager. Palace won three games on the spin earlier in the campaign, but have since lost five on the spin and have the worst points per game ratio of any team in the Football League this calendar year. We suggested three things we learnt from yesterday’s game.
City Can No Longer Rely On Vincent Kompany
Without knowing the medical details of his situation, it would be tumorous of anybody outside of City to write off Kompany’s career. What has become clear however, is that Guardiola can no longer count on Kompany to be a core member of his squad. We are approaching the stage where if he is fit it is a bonus rather than a regular occurrence. Yesterday’s injury was an impact injury to the head, but was another missed chance for him to build up confidence in his body. He was brought in yesterday to combat Palace’s strength in the air and at set pieces; further evidence that Guardiola is prepared to cut his cloth and go ‘horses for courses’. However, it seems he will have to do so without City’s 30-year-old skipper for the foreseeable future.