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Guardiola Praises Palace After City Draw, Jesus Out For Two Months

Guardiola Praises Palace After City Draw, Jesus Out For Two Months

This was the first time City dropped points since a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on August 21.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wouldn't completely close the door on a January move for Alexis Sanchez, and again called on referees to protect players after Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne were injured in Sunday's draw at Crystal Palace.

Watford: Gomes (5), Janmaat (6), Wagué (6), Zeegelaar (3), Capoue (6), Carrillo (5), Kabasele (4), Watson (5), Doucoure (6), Richarlison (6), Gray (6).

After the game, Manager Pep Guardiola said Jesus will be out for up to two months but kept journalists in the dark on the state of De Bruyne's injury.

De Bruyne drove into the sidenetting from a tight angle in the 78th minute and was immediately taken off by Guardiola, receiving a richly deserved ovation from the Etihad crowd.

David Silva was also influential on his return to the side after missing four of the previous five games for personal reasons.

City made it 3-0 after the break when De Bruyne fizzed in a delivery that was too hot for Heurelho Gomes to handle and Aguero poked in. The counter-attack was Watford's only likely route to goal and that almost proved fruitful in the 29th minute when Andre Gray broke clear and burst goalwards but his low shot was well saved by Ederson.

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What a boost his inclusion must have been for his team-mates at kick-off. His right boot is a thing of beauty.

"Obviously my plan is not to change clubs".

Aguero has been with City since 2011 and memorably scored the goal that clinched the title on the last day of the season in 2012 at the expense of city rivals Manchester United.

Replays showed the striker may have been offside when he scored, and a few minutes later he was incorrectly ruled offside when he was played in on goal.

He added: "We are in a good position". We faced this team really well.

"At the last part of last season he came in and helped us a lot". The Belgian was sold by Mourinho at Chelsea some years ago, moving to Wolfsburg before signing for City and coming into his own this season as one of the best players in the world.

"I am happy because John [Stones] and Fabian [Delph] are back, we will see when Vinny [Kompany] can come back". "We don't have many central defenders and they will suffer but we will find a solution".

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