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 By Simon Curtis

Player Ratings: Silva the architect for sublime Man City against Palace

Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League with an easy 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

For a side starting this game with no strikers on the pitch, to be one goal short of the 4-0 win that would have put them top of the table (on goals scored, with 37) was quite a feat for Manchester City against Crystal Palace.

By the end of this display of patient passing and probing, much of the crowd had enjoyed it, too. There may not have been any recognised attackers on the pitch, but three goals had been scored and an eighth consecutive victory assured.

With James Milner otherwise occupied...

Three Points: Striker-light Manchester City make easy work of Crystal Palace

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City, playing without a recognised striker, cruised to a 3-0 victory over a troubled Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER, England -- A trio of observations on Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Make no mistake, the title race is very much on

David Silva rose above everyone else and Manchester City have suddenly risen level with Chelsea at the top of the table courtesy of this win over Crystal Palace.

That may just be for the time being, given that Jose Mourinho's side have a game in hand against Stoke City on Monday, but it is also strikingly quick how City...

 By David Mooney

Man City's holiday challenge is keeping Chelsea close, Frank Lampard closer

Watch all the highlights from an exciting Saturday of Week 17 in the Premier League.

The future of Manchester City's season could hinge on the next 10 days. Of course, the most crucial part of the Christmas period for the Blues to keep the pressure on Chelsea is picking up maximum points from fixtures with West Brom, Burnley and Sunderland -- but there are some other key issues to sort out, too. And this combination could mean success or failure in 2014-15 for Manuel Pellegrini.

The 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday proved that, at least in the short term, the champions can...

Manuel Pellegrini ignoring Manchester City winning record

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was never worried his side would not claim a win over Crystal Palace, despite being held at the break.

Manuel Pellegrini is ignoring the prospect of equalling a 105-year club record to concentrate on Manchester City's bid to retain the Premier League title.

City have won their last eight games in all competitions, one short of a club record first set in 1909, and the Chilean's side will have a place in the history books if they beat West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

But Pellegrini said: "For me it's just to try and be near to the top of the table. I didn't know about the record."

The 61-year-old...

David Silva says win over Crystal Palace will keep pressure on Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was never worried his side would not claim a win over Crystal Palace, despite being held at the break.

David Silva believes Manchester City's comeback in the title race means Chelsea could be put under greater pressure.

City have won their last six Premier League games and Saturday's 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace meant they drew level on points with the leaders.

Jose Mourinho's team have a chance to re-establish a gap when they visit Stoke on Monday but Silva is expecting them to have a tough test at the Britannia Stadium.

He said: "We were eight points behind Chelsea a few weeks ago and...