Vincent Kompany: Palace win a big step towards Champions League qualification

Guardiola's side were in prolific form as they thrashed Palace at Eastlands on Saturday to climb to third place, at least until Liverpool play Southampton on Sunday.

Guardiola believes City would have been worthy champions this season had they been more clinical in front of goal.

"No, it depends on a lot of things but the most important thing for me is to do my best, I have my opportunity to play now, to try to show what I can do and how I can help the team. We created so many yet we lost so this is something we must work on". The numbers don't lie, though, we have created so many chances but haven't scored enough.

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.

"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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"Of course we missed him a lot".

Especially with the teams competing with us, there is no chance to relax.

"Our problem is finishing these chances - this is the most hard thing in football".

Caballero had usurped Bravo from Pep Guardiola's line-up earlier this year, and despite falling back down the pecking order recently he will play the remaining games of the season thanks to the Chilean's calf injuy.

"I don't think you can set out and say you want to win 5-0 - first of all you want to win - but then when you do it you realise it was a big result and a big performance".

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Marcus Rashford's free-kick ensured United returned from Vigo with a 1-0 advantage on Thursday and, although Guardiola might have understandably selfish reasons to want Mourinho's focus to lie elsewhere, he has talked up the benefits of the Premier League having its Champions League representation bolstered for next season.

"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be wonderful".

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

Palace had put together an impressive unbeaten run of eight matches that included victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, plus a draw with Leicester City, before losing against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last month.

Palace go into their final home fixture of the season in 16th on 38 points, four clear of the Tigers. "We have to have a back-up if something happens".

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