Premier Cool Impact: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City

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    Magnificent Raheem Sterling sparkled yet again

    A Manchester City victory is never complete without seeing the impressive Sterling get in among the goals.

    Against Crystal Palace, the amazing English wideman netted a brace in an eventual 3-1 win that helped the Citizens return to winning ways after their Champions League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

    Having missed a huge opportunity early on, it was great to see the wideman unfazed and willing to still get into goalscoring positions.

    Sterling has now scored 21 goals over the course of the campaign, and having netted 23 goals last term, means he’s scored over 20 goals across all competitions in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career.

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    Kevin De Bruyne was a creative force

    The Belgian was clearly in the mood at Selhurst Park, constantly creating chances irrespective of the deep defensive block Roy Hudson’s side implemented.

    The playmaker’s couple of assists was his first in the league all season, and he might have breathed a huge sigh of relief after ending his supposed drought.

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    Gabriel Jesus came up trumps

    Seeing as City were on the ropes in the closing stages (after Palace halved their 2-0 lead) and Sergio Aguero had been withdrawn after suffering an injury with 15 minutes to play, Pep Guardiola needed a huge contribution from his frontman.

    And Jesus delivered superbly by scoring in stoppage time to ease the nerves that’d been building on the away side’s defence.

    The strike was the Brazilian’s seventh league goal of the campaign.

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    Solid Vincent Kompany impressed on return

    This was the captain’s first game in almost a month, and he delivered like he’d not been away.

    He won a plethora of his duels over the course of the game – which was huge owing to the fact Christian Benteke was up front for the hosts – and always read the danger to clear the ball whenever the Eagles moved into their territory.

    It was a much-needed performance by City’s skipper on his return to the side.
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    Pep Guardiola silenced critics

    Even the most successful managers still get their fair share of criticism. For Guardiola, the post mortem to the Citizens’ midweek loss at Spurs was dominated by a glut of fault-finding at his selection and in-game management.

    However, the Spaniard trainer’s side showed their true quality against the Eagles while staying true to their principles.

    The players he introduced into the starting lineup were influential and his substitutions were on the money this time around, as the decorated manager earned his corn against the London side.