Manchester City again shoot themselves in the foot in draw with Crystal Palace

Manchester City have again shot themselves in the foot during their 2-all draw with Crystal Palace. The European champions inexplicably threw away two points which may prove costly come the end of the season. It was the fourth time this season that City have squandered a lead late in a game.

The champions were 2-nil up and cruising against Roy Hodgson’s side in a game they had dominated for the majority. But once Jean-Philippe Mateta pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 76th minute it seemed that panic set in for Guardiola’s side. Phil Foden then gave away a penalty in stoppage time which was calmly converted by Michael Olise in the 95th minute. Foden’s mistake encapsulated the panic that seemed to hit the treble winners.

Yesterday’s collapse was part of what has become an alarming trend at Manchester City. They have now given up late goals in four recent Premier League games. The draws against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and now Palace have seen City’s opponents snatch a point in the closing stages of matches. It appears to be a lack of concentration and on-field leadership which is harming the champion’s ability to close out games.

Pep Guardiola believed his side wasn’t unlucky and they got what they deserved after failing to put Crystal Palace away. He said: “It’s not bad luck. It’s deserved. We gave away two points. For yourself, when you give this penalty (away) you deserve it.”

Manchester City will now head to Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup. They will have some soul-searching to do as they look to rectify the mistakes that are plaguing their season currently.

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