EPL Recap: Man City bounce back with win over Watford

Crystal Palace’s James Mc Arthur scores his side’s first goal of the game against Southampton. – AP

Crystal Palace’s James Mc Arthur scores his side’s first goal of the game against Southampton. – AP

"I am really impressed because after more than two months injured and (having had) one game at worldwide against Gibraltar and to play at that level shows how strong he is in his mind", said Guardiola. Here in England you don't protect the players, you have to look for the quality not the quantity.

Jamie Carragher suggests that Pep Guardiola would guide Manchester United to the Premier League title with their current squad.

Palace came from behind at St. Mary's Stadium, bouncing back from Shane Long's first goal in 11 months with strikes by James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.

City still have injury worries, with captain Vincent Kompany have suffered a series of muscle problems, while striker Gabriel Jesus is out until mid-February with medial knee ligament damage.

Guardiola said: "We played an wonderful performance, we scored a goal, we could score more".

"The character you have to prove every day, once again, once again, the big clubs forget immediately whether they won or lost, they think merely of the next one, and that is what we try to do at this club". "The players need recovery". "I know the show must go on, but this is not normal", Guardiola was quoted as saying by his club's website.

"Players who may excel in two or three years' time do not seem to be of interest as he rarely hangs around at a club to reap the benefits of their progress".

And Guardiola was also backed by West Brom boss Alan Pardew, who is furious his side play their second game in the space of two days while their opponents West Ham have had six days rest. Just see how many muscular injuries there are.

"It is tough because the calendar is so demanding", said Guardiola. "The first 25 minutes we were too slow and we knew before the match they would push our team back".

Further chances were created by the hosts as De Bruyne curled a free-kick off the crossbar and Silva - returning after missing four of the last five games - blazed over.

He said: "He's free to stay or leave, it depends".

Guardiola said the issue has been of a family nature and he may have to miss more games because of it.

"We are going to lose games as players will get exhausted", he explained to the gathered press.

'They're the only ones who decide, because obviously the club is the one who makes the decisions, they are the ones who say you have to go or have to stay.

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