Manchester City’s dominant win streak in the English Premier League has ended with a 0-0 draw away at Crystal Palace.
It could easily have been a different story, had Luka Milivojevic converted a stoppage time penalty after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have brought down Wilfried Zaha in the box.
City didn’t just lose two points in the game. They also lost striker Gabriel Jesus and key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to injuries, with manager Pep Guardiola saying Jesus would be out for “a month or so.”
It was a disappointing display from Guardiola’s side, but they still extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points – the biggest gap between the leaders and the chasing pack at this stage of the season in top-flight history.
It remains to be seen if Guardiola moves to bolster his attack by prising Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January, however the City boss said in his post-match news conference that he expects the forward to stay with the Gunners.
“He is a player for Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there,” he said. “In two days we have another game after that we have meetings. My feeling now is Alexis is an Arsenal player.”