Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he has been impressed by Roy Hodgson and the work he has done with Crystal Palace as his side prepare to travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
The former England boss took charge of Palace in September 2017, steering the club away from relegation and up to 11th in the Premier League standings before following up with another mid-table finish last season.
Back-to-back wins over Norwich and West Ham mean the Eagles currently sit sixth, just two points behind this weekend’s opponents, and Guardiola is aware of the trouble they could cause his side.
Palace could even move ABOVE City in the Premier League table if they win on Saturday evening, and you can find out if they do that on talkSPORT, as we bring you full LIVE commentary of the match as part of our GameDay coverage.
Guardiola said: “I think since Roy Hodgson took over the team with zero points and helped to avoid relegation, they have always made a really good season. They have incredibly talented players.”
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Guardiola also discussed other topics in his pre-match press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…
On Man City’s Christmas period fixture congestion
“It is what it is. Since i came here it happened the same. The concept is not about in this period. I love to play on Boxing Day and at winter when families and kids can go to the stadium and enjoy it.
“The problem is the system doesn’t protect the players. Another day we will have more recovery than the other ones.
“It is what it is. If we have to play tomorrow, we have to play tomorrow. We have to play, we’re going to play. ”
“The broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us. Maybe the broadcasters are fans of another club.”
On racist incidents during Bulgaria vs England
“I think UEFA made a step forward. They stopped the game twice or three times. Fight every day for this current situation. Everything we are doing or going to do to help to eradicate it is welcome.
“The players and manager are not alone, everybody is involved. Whatever we decide, we can do.”
On El Clasico being postponed
“I don’t know the reason why. You’ll have to ask [LaLiga president Javier] Tebas or the federation.
“Maybe it happened because they must be worried about something but I honestly don’t know the reason why. ”
On Oleksandr Zinchenko getting engaged
“Congratulations to Aleks and his future wife.”
On Sergio Aguero’s car crash
“Aguero is fine but the car is not.”
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