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Milivojević: It was a very hard game

14 April 2019

A free-kick from Palace's captain, Luka Milivojević, gave the Eagles hope of a late comeback. However, it wasn't meant to be for Crystal Palace with Gabriel Jesus scoring a third for City late on.

Reflecting on the game at Selhurst Park today, Milivojević accepted that Manchester City were good value for their three points in south London: 

"After my goal I think we tried to do something to score one more goal, but if you see the game over 90 minutes they were in control, they were the better team and from my point of view they deserved three points.

"It is very hard to play against these types of teams. I think my goal came at a good time with 10 minutes to go, we tried to surprise them; we had good cross after that, that we should’ve tried to finish because against teams like this you don’t get many chances."

It was a hardworking display from Palace as they tried to contain the current Premier League champions and Milivojević gave a little insight into what it is like playing against such a high-calibre of opposition:

"Today they showed why they’re one of the best teams in the league and it was a very hard game for us to be honest.

"They are a team who play with a lot of possession, a lot of movement. It is not easy to track their players; we had our gameplan and how we wanted to surprise them: try and do something from the counter attack because if you open the field a little bit they are going to find the space.

"It is very hard to find time on the ball to create opportunities because they press you straight away. They don’t give you a lot of time to think."

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