I hope Manchester United win Europa League - Guardiola


Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are the Premier League's most creative team, but the Spaniard warned his players must show a more ruthless streak despite their 5-0 rout of Crystal Palace. "We have two more games at home, one more game than Liverpool and it depends on that".

With leading marksman Sergio Aguero out injured, David Silva struck after two minutes and the floodgates opened after the break with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.

"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be fantastic". The numbers don't lie, though, we have created so many chances but haven't scored enough. I said that at half-time to the players: score a goal or forget about it, we are not able to win.

"But we are the best team in the Premier League at creating clear, clear chances in front of goal - nobody can beat us at that".

City have had problems in the goalkeeping department this season with Bravo failing to impress after being controversially signed by Pep Guardiola to replace England number one Joe Hart.

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It's a odd time to make the admission considering the Belgian global has now made five consecutive starts for City and is enjoying his best spell of football in a long while. So we are where we are and were punished severely by Manchester City's talents by giving them easy opportunities to score and they punished us heavily for that.

He wins so many duels.

"There are four awesome teams fighting for the last two Champions League places", he told BBC Football.

Thirty goals in the 27 league matches Kompany hasn't played in equals 1.11 conceded per contest without the Belgian, but that record is much better when the defender plays at 0.88 per contest.

"Our problem is finishing these chances - this is the most hard thing in football". Sam Allardyce has revolutionised the team since his arrival but with three back-to-back losses, the Eagles must look to improve in the coming weeks. However, three straight defeats now means that they're back in the fight for survival. "It's a possibility that we've been talking about and certainly warning them about", Allardyce said. "In other words, someone needed to do a bit of brilliance that we've seen in the past and get us back in the game by scoring, and that didn't happen". It's hard to avoid the idea that it's been a disappointing season for the fans, who will surely have expected a title challenge to have lasted longer than until February, but there would be enormous pressure on the Catalan if he's not in the Champions League in 2017-18.