Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson claims budgets make fair contest between managers impossible ahead of Manchester City encounter
- Roy Hodgson says there is no point comparing managers with different budgets
- Hodgson knows Man City are expected to claim victory against Crystal Palace
- But Palace are a team that the top sides, according to him, no longer take lightly
- They will be without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho at Selhurst Park
Roy Hodgson says there is no point in talking about a fair contest between managers such as him and Pep Guardiola until they are given the same budgets.
Crystal Palace host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and Hodgson knows Guardiola will be expected to leave London with three points.
Palace are one of four teams to have beaten City this season and last term they managed to hold Guardiola’s side to a 0-0 draw at home.
Roy Hodgson says there is no point comparing managers with different budgets
The 71-year-old Palace boss says it would be a different contest altogether if they both had similar resources.
Hodgson said: ‘The fact is the only way you’ll ever really be able to pit wits between one coach and another is if they both have exactly the same team and exactly the same players and one manages to get his team on the field playing a formation that the other one can’t match.
‘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.
Hodgson knows Man City are expected to claim victory against Crystal Palace
Palace are a team that the top sides, according to him, no longer take lightly.
He said: ‘I think this is a club that has set out its stall to get people who fight, give their all and in all the games I’ve been with Palace there have not been many times where I have questioned the commitment and the desire and the attitude of the players.’ Now Hodgson is hoping his players remember how they kept a clean sheet against City last season and blunt Guardiola’s attack again.
Palace held City to a 0-0 draw on New Year’s Eve in 2017 during a season in which the Premier League champions scored 106 goals.
But Palace are a team that the top sides, according to Hodgson, no longer take lightly
Palace are 12th in the league after a 1-0 win away at Newcastle last weekend.
It was their 11th clean sheet of the season and Hodgson is backing his side to stop City’s charge for the title.
Asked whether Palace could beat City, he said: ‘Well we can. Of course we can. No team is unbeatable and no team poses a threat that you can’t possibly deal with but everyone understands how good they are.
‘It will be a test and big task for the players. We kept a clean sheet against them a year ago and we’re hopeful of doing the same on Sunday.’
They will be without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho at Selhurst Park on Sunday
Palace will be without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho for the match at Selhurst Park. Tomkins came off in the second half in the win against Newcastle and will miss the rest of the season. Sakho also won’t play again until next season after suffering a knee injury.
Hodgson will start with Scott Dann and Martin Kelly in central defence and wants them to form a strong partnership for the remaining five games.
‘We lost James Tomkins in the game against Newcastle, he has been operated on, so he will miss the remainder of the season which is a major blow, coming on top of Mamadou Sakho’s injury five or six games ago,’ Hodgson said.
‘Those two have been such important pillars in the centre of our defence and helped us get where we are.
‘It is a big ask for Scott Dann and Martin Kelly, they’re going to have to step into some quite big shoes but I am confident that they can do that, and they will get their first chance on Sunday.’
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