We cannot say nobody warned us. Pep Guardiola had claimed earlier this month that Manchester City were enjoying a “fake lead” at the top; the reality now is that their cushion will be cut to a single point if Liverpool win at Arsenal on Wednesday and, while that is far from a sure thing, a title race might just have broken out.
It is game on and, should City blow it, they may look back on this as the occasion things turned. They had a rare off night against an intelligent, punchy Crystal Palace and only created chances consistently during a purple patch in the first half. Blinking at this particular point could cost them, but anyone wanting a genuine contest over the season’s remainder will now feel enriched.
Written by Nick Ames at Selhurst Park
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/mar/14/crystal-palace-manchester-city-premier-league-match-report under the title “Crystal Palace frustrate Manchester City again to throw title race wide open”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.