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Hodgson sends Manchester City warning ahead of Sunday’s crunch-match

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But Guardiola said his side were strong despite the first leg setback.

"There are games when we concede a goal and we are not there, but in this case we conceded a goal and nothing happened". After we conceded a goal, in other games, that is true.

Fourth-placed Spurs need to finish the season strongly to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season and are coming under increased pressure from Arsenal and Manchester United. I know how hard it is in the Champions League, away at Tottenham and we made a good performance.

He added: "It's 20 months of winning every three days".

Guardiola is wary of the threat Roy Hodgson's side will pose, warning: "We knew it from weeks ago - Selhurst Park is always hard; not just for the stadium but the quality of players they have". We made a decision to play a different type of game.

However, despite fears that Alli may have been forced to spend more time on the sidelines, he could play with a protective cast as Tottenham take on Huddersfield Town in the Premier League tomorrow (April 13). "We lost two games in the last 23 and the way we lost ..."

"Unfortunately, we could not score a goal but have a second leg with our fans at home and we'll be in the semi-finals".

Guardiola may have Bernardo Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko back from injuries for the visit to Palace, a team who produced a major surprise by beating City at the Etihad in December.

"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have".

'Then you can say "oh, you've pitted your wits against him and you lost".' Hodgson does believe, however, that Palace - in their sixth season in the Premier League - no longer have to rely on the atmosphere at Selhurst Park to make the surroundings hostile for opponents.

"We knew it weeks ago, how it would be between these important games", said Guardiola.

"We had a plan, the players knew it and we spoke with everybody about it (before the game) and we did it quite well", he stated.

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