Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has seemingly issued a bizarre reason for why his side dropped points against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
City's lead at the top of the Premier League table was reduced from six points to just four following their 0-0 stalemate at Selhurst Park, with the reigning English champions failing to convert numerous chances despite dominating the game for large parts.
That result has now tipped the scale in favour of second-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand on the Citizens and will face off against them at the Etihad on 10 April.
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Reacting to his side's performance against Palace, the Spaniard appeared to, in part, blame the pitch for his team's showing against the London outfit.
"I think they [Palace] played good," Guardiola told Sky Sports.
"There are still many games to play, we have to win a lot of games but the way we played, there's no regrets about the team.
"We would have preferred to win, of course, but the game was well played. We played to win the game, we created more, the stats were there.
"The way we played was amazing in a difficult stadium with the grass not perfect, we were there all the time, we had a good game."
City midfielder Bernardo Silva remains confident the title race is still in their favour despite the result, though.
"It was a tough game, we actually played well, we controlled the game apart from one or two times. We couldn't score and we should've scored," the Portugal star told Sky Sports.
"Nine games to go, but it's still better to be in our position than in Liverpool's and they have to play in our stadium so it's going to be exciting.
"It's never easy to play at any team away in the Premier League. It's always better to win than draw and we wanted to have an advantage of six points over Liverpool."
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