Silva, De Bruyne orchestrate City's 5-0 win over Palace

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"We have two more games at home, one more game than Liverpool and it depends on that". Against Chelsea, we create more chances both here and at Stamford Bridge but in the boxes we are not good.

You see Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, they create enough chances, similar to us, but they score goals.

Manchester City can still finish in second, but at this stage in the season, will happily take a Champions League place in third.

- Since his Premier League debut in August 2010, Silva has been directly involved in 102 goals in the competition (38 goals, 64 assists), more than any other midfielder.

It's a odd time to make the admission considering the Belgian worldwide has now made five consecutive starts for City and is enjoying his best spell of football in a long while. The most hard thing in football, basketball, tennis, in all the sports is to do it in the last moment.

Goals from David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi gave City the win in a flamboyant display that has left Liverpool fans feeling a little insecure.

Had City been at this level throughout Guardiola's first year in charge, led well at the back by the formidable Vincent Kompany and scoring four unanswered goals in a rampant second period, they would have been challenging for the title rather than scrapping for the Champions League slots.

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"There have been a few games where we should have had the victory but this was different". Asked what he can do ensure players heed his warning they are not safe, the manager said: "They do most of the time". Coming off the back of a hard-fought point away to Manchester United last weekend, the Welsh side then picked up maximum points against Everton in front of their home fans.

Sterling's sweetly-struck left-foot shot made it 4-0 before defender Otamendi got on the scoresheet with a diving header from De Bruyne's chipped free kick - only his second City goal.

It was remarkable that Leroy Sane did not score, given his number of penetrating runs.

Guardiola is still hoping to finish in third place, and avoid having to play in the early qualifying round for the Champions League, which they would have to do should they finish fourth. Another win for Palace should see them remain in the Premier League next season.

The 31-year-old centre-back has missed most of the season due to injury, but having started and completed five of his club's last six league games, the Belgium worldwide believes all of that is now behind him. "It will be wonderful", Guardiola added.

Palace manager Sam Allardyce was critical of his players, suggesting that they effectively gifted City the win.

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