Pep Guardiola calls for greater protection from referees

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However, the Belgian was seen hobbling along the touchline after the game.

Although the draw with Palace ended City's Premier League winning run at 18 matches, they remain unbeaten in the top flight this season. The referee has to follow the rules but also protect the players.

Shortly after Scott Dann was stretchered off after sustaining an injury while tackling Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus was also forced off.

"I don't know", he told reporters when asked if another City move for Sanchez was on the horizon. We were lucky against Tottenham, with Kevin, we were lucky against Newcastle, Gundogan.Protect all the players please from situations that are unsafe. Hopefully just a huge kick but maybe he will not be ready for the Watford game.

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"That is not going to happen", he said. "For a player of such a young age, he has a really strong character and I think he will be a great addition".

Luka Milivojevic was presented with the chance to seal a memorable victory for Roy Hodgson's relegation-threatened side at Selhurst Park when Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Raheem Sterling in injury time. "They must protect the players", Guardiola said. It was the kind of tactical decision my wife would make. He puts in one excellent performance after another and the question for me with a bit of cynicism given how long I've been involved in the game is how long he can keep it going?

But Jason Puncheon wasn't having any of it, and cynically scythed down De Bruyne just short of the halfway line with a shocker of a challenge. "On Tuesday we have another game so the good moments you have to react with the best way to do it".

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