Man City star Ferran Torres' emotional reaction to goal vs Crystal Palace

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Emotional Ferran

All of the emotion and frustration of a tough debut Manchester City season, in which he has been isolated in Manchester, been affected by Covid and struggled at times to make an impact, were evident after Ferran Torres scored the Blues' second goal.

The 20-year-old tucked away the second goal which will have been so crucial in securing the title if United lose to Liverpool tomorrow.

And he seemed to burst into tears at the moment, maybe a reminder to us all of how tough lockdown football can be for anyone, even well-paid, healthy footballers.

Strike one

Pep Guardiola saw little to dissuade him that anything but his currently favoured striker-less tactics is needed to see his team past the PSG challenge on Tuesday.

Sergio Aguero’s stunning strike was a reminder that a striker is the best bet for producing a finish, but that moment was a rare one.

After winning in France with no strikers, both played at Palace, while Raheem Sterling - who has the goal return of a striker in the past three seasons - also slotted in.

The first half showed why Guardiola has been reluctant to play any of the three principal goalscorers in the squad -Agero was rusty, Sterling lacked confidence and Jesus was a little too anxious, going too early so that his fine strike was ruled out for offside.

Laporte chance

Life is a little tough for Aymeric Laporte at the moment, having gone from number one defender to a stand-in this season, after the injury frustration of the previous campaign.

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The three-match domestic ban for John Stones offered him the chance to play his way back into Guardiola’s affections.

But with City utterly dominant, he has so far had little defending to do, and the decision to sit Fernandinho in front of the defence at Selhurst meant that Laporte’s role as a creator, with that fine left foot, was limited, as the Brazilian was the fulcrum.

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Yet another record

The win at Palace made it 11 Premier League away wins on the bounce - drawing City level with the league record set by Chelsea in 2008 and equalled by the Blues themselves in 2017 - both of which were split over two seasons.

That City run in 2017, strangely enough, was ended by a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.

The victory also made it 18 on the trot in all competitions, extending their top-flight record in that department. They have not dropped a point in an away fixture since the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in December.

Crystal Palace vs Man City: Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres goals push Man City close to Premier League crown

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Crystal Palace vs Man City: Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres goals push Man City close to Premier League crown

1 May 2021

Wia dis foto come from, EPA

Manchester City fit win di Premier League title on Sunday after two goals in di space of 83 seconds help dem win stubborn Crystal Palace.

City go secure a third title in four seasons if second-placed Manchester United lose for home against Liverpool.

After scrappy first half for Selhurst Park, Sergio Aguero thumped City ahead with clinical finish before Ferran Torres score from low shot.

That end di resistance of Palace, wey dey 13th place.

Roy Hodgson side get chances for di first half through Christian Benteke, wey flicked im header wide and bin get close-range shot wey City keeper Ederson block.

But once City make their breakthrough when Aguero smash high into di net, plus another goal quickly follow by Torres neat finish, di result no come dey in doubt.

Now di question na when, not if, Guardiola side go dey crowned champions once again after dem bin see Liverpool take their crown last season.

Wia dis foto come from, PA Media Wetin we call dis foto, Sergio Aguero, wey never score for Selhurst Park, become di 12th player to score for 30 or more different stadiums for Premier League

City round off wonderful week

As far as weeks for world of football dey go, City don enjoy one wey fit no dey even more perfect.

Starting on Sunday when dem win di Carabao Cup final against Tottenham, and e continue on Wednesday with di impressive victory over Paris St-Germain for Champions League semi-final first leg, Guardiola squad perfectly round off a pivotal week.

With di second leg wey dey come up on Tuesday, Guardiola shuffle e team as im make eight changes and dem initially no show any rhythm against a Palace side wey look solid.

After Jesus see di ref rule out im close-range finish for offside, City go into di break wit no shot on target for di first half for di first time in 21 matches.

Patience and second-half improvement wey serve as di key to City win for Paris prove imsef again.

Guardiola demeanour bin dey buoyant and relaxed after im secure vital win, afta im don dey able to rest key players and seemingly avoid picking up any injuries.

Premier League: Manchester City on brink of securing title as Sergio Aguero, Ferran Torres help beat Crystal Palace-Sports News , Firstpost

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