Sep 23, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 53,526
Man CityManchester City
5-0
Crystal Palace
Sane (44'), Sterling (51', 59'), Aguero (79'), Delph (89')
Mendy (25'), Danilo (57'), Sane (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Schlupp (76')

Pep Guardiola opens up about conversation with Manchester City ball boy

Guardiola reveals what he told ball boy
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reveals what he said to the ball boy during Saturday's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he discussed tactics with a ball boy during Saturday's Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

TV cameras picked up footage of the former Barcelona boss with his arm around the youngster, seemingly giving him instructions on the touchline.

Guardiola has since revealed that it was part of his plan to ramp up the speed of the match, which ended up being a convincing 5-0 win for City at the Etihad Stadium.

"If you analyse 30 minutes in the first half, we were not ready to be there," Sport quotes Guardiola as saying. "Maybe over 90 minutes you cannot be there all the time, but it was slow.

"If there was a foul, no-one went to take the ball and start to play. There was five, ten seconds before someone goes to take the ball and start to play. When this happens everything is slow.

"So the ball boys were slow, everybody was slow. And we have to create in the game, to provoke the game. And we didn't for most of the time in the first half. In the second half, you could see immediately that the team was ready."

City currently sit at the top of the Premier League table on level points with rivals Manchester United.

Raheem Sterling celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Crystal Palace on September 23, 2017
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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
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18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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