Manchester City kept the top 4 fight alive after thrashing sorry Crystal Palace by 5 goals to nothing on Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace were no match for Guardiola’s men as the first half was still immature when David Silva fired in a misplaced clearance from close range at the 2nd minute. The Eagles had few chances to tie the score line at half time but Caballero was aware to make important saves including Christian Benteke’s close range header. Former Chelsea man, Van Hannot also fired wide before the break.
It took only four minutes after play resumed, before City captain, Vincent Kompany lashed in De Bruyne’s cross from an unsuspecting angle and fashion. Kevin De Bruyne fired a low short to the right corner to take the lead to 3 only 10 minutes after the Belgian’s goal.
Raheem Sterling made it 4 at 82 minute with a power strike to the bottom right after receiving a header assist from Zabaleta.
Otamendi scored his first goal in a long time at the dot of the mark, when his run met with De Bruyne’s perfect set piece and the Argentine headed in from close range to complete an embarrassing afternoon for the Adam Allaryce’s men.
Manchester City are now 3rd on the log displacing Liverpool to the 4th position with the same points but having a healthier goal difference after today’s Etihad honeymoon. Liverpool will now need to beat Southampton on Sunday early kick off to ensure their Top 4 is still within reach.