Close your eyes and swing - Kompany plays down technique behind City strike

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Big Sam has accused his players of believing that they are safe from the drop, with wins coming against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. "We created so many yet we lost so this is something we must work on". "We had chances to score in many moments of the game". The other ones: no chance.

Speaking about the team, Guardiola expects a good response from Mourinho. We created more chances here and at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "We are the best team in the Premier League to create clear, clear chances".

"I didn't think the lads were comfortable playing in a back five so we went back to a four and we got better from that point of view going forward, playing some good counter-attacking football but our final-third play today let us down as well as our defending. I'm pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here".

"The most hard thing in football, basketball, tennis - in all the sports - is that final moment".

Sterling added a fourth goal on 82 minutes from De Bruyne's knockdown, before Nicolas Otamendi scored the fifth goal in the second minute of time added on.

The Man City skipper's goal for 2-0 was a truly superb strike from a man who has not scored for quite some time. "Unacceptable." He said that his players had managed to regroup after the first goal but when they conceded a second at the beginning of the second half they were far too open. And we missed that this season a lot.

The stakes appear to be higher for the hosts, as the Champions League battle will be fierce over their last four games.

Goodwill is normally in short supply across Manchester's footballing divide but City manager Pep Guardiola hopes his old foe Jose Mourinho wins the Europa League with United. "He will be the future striker in this club for the next years".

"That 38-point mark seems to have had a negative effect on our results, certainly [against] Burnley and Manchester City".

"The Premier League is tough, four big teams fighting for two places. It will be fantastic".

Allardyce's side have a six-point safety cushion but can still be caught by Hull City and Swansea City.

"It doesn't matter what system you play, if you make mistakes like we did today, systems mean nothing".

"Our recovery from the first goal was good but we fell into the same shape at the start of the second and it was a bit of a capitulation".

"We know that it could come down to it, and that is why we were trying to score more goals until the last minute", De Bruyne added.

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