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Patrick Vieira happy with Crystal Palace ‘statement’ in Man City win

While Pep Guardiola lamented the “many, many things” that went wrong for him, the result is a testament to the type of progression Palace is making under their new manager, an appointment that looked potentially risky when Lucien Favre broke off talks for replace Roy. Hodgson.

Speaking to the club’s internal TV channel after the game, Vieira admitted that the course of the game was “stressful” but was particularly pleased with the “character” and “resilience” shown by his players.

“We were really happy with the way we played in the last two games, but we weren’t happy with the goals we conceded,” he said (via the club’s official website).

“Today we were focused from start to finish. Coming to Manchester City and not conceding a goal is a very strong statement, and it’s really good for the team.

“It was really stressful, but at the same time we knew any game against Man City would be tough. But today we showed character, resilience, and I’m really happy for the players because on the ground they gave everything.

The Palace boss also spoke of the difficulty of leaving Christian Benteke out of the starting XL. The Belgian striker, who was unlucky not to add a second to his goal against Newcastle United last week, was named a substitute before replacing Jordan Ayew after the hour mark.

“I made some tough decisions – leaving Christian out of the starting XI was really tough because the last two games I think he’s been fantastic.

“It also shows the group of players we have. It’s a great victory, and everyone was really happy and really happy. But we still have to work on some parts of the game that we can improve a lot. “



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