PEP GUARDIOLA was raging about VAR after injury-hit City were denied a penalty.
Despite playing midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri at centre-back, City could have won by a street — and might have done if Wilfried Zaha had been punished for a push on Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola replied with angry sarcasm when asked about the incident, which VAR also ruled did not warrant a spot-kick.
The Manchester City boss said: “He’s diving. Every week he’s diving. But against Tottenham it was handball in the 94th minute.”
Guardiola was probably referring to the controversial VAR decision to deny Gabriel Jesus a stoppage-time winner against Spurs earlier this season, after Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have helped the ball on with his arm.
Asked whether he was angry, Guardiola replied: “Of course I am. For a long time.”
City trimmed Liverpool’s lead to five points with their comfortable 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.
And Pep was delighted with his makeshift defence, saying: “Our build-up was quicker because they pass the ball so well as they’re central midfielders.
“Rodri did not train one day in that position. Thank you so much to both of them because it’s difficult to play against strikers like Crystal Palace have.”
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson pointed out that City’s £62.5million record buy Rodri played at centre-back for Atletico Madrid.
He said: “If we spent £250m and brought in some of the best players in Europe, maybe we could have asked more questions.
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