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Pep Guardiola defends Manchester City tactics in Tottenham defeat

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Cary Erickson | 14 April, 2019, 18:42

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the press conference at the Philharmonic Theatre in Essen February 19, 2019.

Gundogan had told Sky Deutschland: "We were not courageous enough in the game and we made a lot of simple mistakes".

"Sometimes we have made decisions that are hard to understand but, because we won, everybody said we were geniuses".

But Guardiola said his side were strong despite the first leg setback.

Crystal Palace play in the Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday at Selhurst Park, with the London club looking to complete an unlikely double over their big-spending opponents.

But speaking before the game, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has made it clear that the Blues are only focusing on the game and now what happens with the title challenge.

"Especially in the second half it was under control". We did not create too much but we were there.

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'We don't care about who can win the title, we'll go there and try to win the game, ' Hazard told the BBC (via Metro).

"Of course we want to do well, especially in the Champions League but in that case in this specific game I don't think I agree".

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bernardo Silva are back in contention are minor muscle injuries, but are likely to be kept in reserve and rested for Tottenham, with Danilo, Benjamin Mendy, Sane and De Bruyne among those set to return.

When these teams met earlier in the season, Chelsea recorded a 1-1 draw in the Premier League and a 2-1 win in the League Cup.

"For 20 months, we've been winning every three days; an incredible amount of games".

Then comes a midweek derby at Manchester United and a trip to Burnley before potentially two more Champions League games in the space of a week in the semi-finals. "We knew it from weeks ago, how it would be between these important games and Tottenham in the Champions League".