first_imgCrystal Palace were the unfortunate victims as Manchester City’s fabled attack displayed the ruthless streak it has lacked at vital times during the season on Saturday.A 5-0 home victory with five different scorers lifted City into third place above Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish behind leading two Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.With leading marksman Sergio Aguero out injured, David Silva struck after two minutes and the floodgates opened after the break with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.City’s Saturday goal spree means they have now scored 70 goals — the lowest tally of the top four — but manager Pep Guardiola believes that total should be far higher.”Tottenham is the only team I can think of who created more chances than us,” Guardiola told the club’s website.”We are the best team in the league when it comes to creating chances — there is no competition.”Our problem is finishing these chances — this is the most difficult thing in football. Against (Manchester) United we created 19 chances — no goals. The numbers don’t lie, though, we have created so many chances but haven’t scored enough.”I remember the game against Everton where we lost 4-0 and they only had four attempts at goal. We created so many yet we lost so this is something we must work on.”City completely dominated and should have been more than one goal ahead at the break with Leroy Sane twice denied by Wayne Hennessey. Guardiola said he feared a repeat of last week’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough when City dropped crucial points.advertisement”I told my players at halftime to score another goal or we could forget the win because had we arrived with 20 minutes to go with just a one goal lead,” the Spaniard said.”I think it would have been a difficult finish. Players are always looking at the clock, so scoring early of course helps.”last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: Congress MLA Lakshman Singh, younger brother of senior party leader Digvijaya Singh, on Thursday demanded apology from Rahul Gandhi for `not fulfilling’ the promise of farm loan waiver in Madhya Pradesh. Gandhi, speaking at a farmers’ rally at Mandsaur in June 2018, had promised loan waiver within ten days of the Congress coming to power in the then BJP-ruled state. “Farm loans were not waived even after eight months, let alone ten days,” Lakshman Singh told PTI here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Farmers are going to banks with waiver certificates issued by the state government. But the banks are refusing to waive the loans, saying they haven’t received money from the government,” the Congress MLA said. “Rahul Gandhi should return to the same platform where he had promised to implement loan waiver within ten days if elected to power, and apologise to the people,” he said. Singh, a five-time MP and currently MLA from Chanchoda, further said, “This (apology) would make his (Gandhi’s) stature taller. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”He should also clarify how long it will take to waive all farm loans, as promised,” Singh added. The Kamal Nath government in the state needs to arrange Rs 45,000 crore to fulfill the promise of loan waiver and it may take up to two years, he claimed. “It was not possible to implement the scheme within such a short period (ten days),” he added. Rahul Gandhi, then Congress chief, had promised loan waiver at a rally at Mandsaur on the first anniversary of death of six persons in police firing during a farmers’ agitation on June 6, 2017. In November 2018 assembly elections, the Congress ousted the BJP from power and formed government after 15 years.last_img