I have Aguero with me who is a legend for City, the top scorer for the club. This season is going to be different for me.
It was a Guardiola sort of day: chances in huge numbers, two midfielders at centre-back and then later some angry sarcasm from the Manchester City manager about how the video assistant referees are conspiring against his team.
That was in reference to a penalty appeal from Kevin De Bruyne that went to the VAR Michael Oliver and looked to be a strong case - most likely ruled out on the clear-and-obvious-error proviso which is the major flaw in the system. It prompted a minor tantrum from Guardiola.
There are moments when, for all the great football and the principled stands against Spanish state oppression of Catalan leaders, Guardiola can revert to the sulky teenager.
Ninety-four minutes. For a long time. As well as the penalty appeal, they twice struck the post and found numerous other ways to squander chances.
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Raheem Sterling missed a few. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, in for the injured Vicente Guaita, was on excellent form.
Gabriel Jesus should have cut one back for De Bruyne in the second half. The list goes on. In the end they came to rely on two goals in a second burst before half-time. In that brief interval, City took their chances although they should have taken many more and in the hectic closing stages to the game they relied on the brilliant reflexes of goalkeeper Ederson more than they would have anticipated was going to be necessary.
Last season Hodgson scored a famous victory over City at the Etihad and this time he seemed, on balance, to get his tactics right.
His formation flattened out into five in midfield, filling the gaps as best they could and tracking the runs in behind that, against City, can kill a sloppy opponent. Could we have created more chances? Yeah, maybe. We are playing against a team picked from some of the best players in the world.
City were more clinical than they had been in defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux before the international break.
Like Wolves, Palace finally found their courage when there was nothing left to do but attack in the closing stages but this time City looked ready for them.
City had started the game fourth in the Premier League after the wins for Leicester City and Chelsea. He selected the midfielders Rodrigo and Fernandinho at centre-back and they did a good job.
It helped that Ederson was the equal of everything Palace threw at him. As for Palace, they remain in sixth place and although this was a defeat which could have been much heavier, they held on to make some sort of game of it.
Martin Kelly had broken down in training a day before the game which meant James Tomkins came into the side at the last minute. City started strong. In the early stages it felt simply a case of how long Palace could hold out: 10 minutes looked about right.
Fifteen would have been an achievement. Palace accepted that Sterling was going to make the perfectly competent Joel Ward look like he had the acceleration of a small forklift truck.
They accepted that De Bruyne was going to hit the ball early from the right side with the famous whip that always seems to disguise its final destination. For the most part they defended the ball into the area well.
That was the first goal.
In the second half Sterling and De Bruyne both hit the post and the latter should have had a penalty, although in the end the result felt about right.
Guardiola, however, was still chewing on the injustice of VAR long after the whistle. Will he watch the Man United-Liverpool game tomorrow? I think so. City's victory reduces the gap to five points, albeit having played a game more.
Over to you Liverpool Today's goal Head or shoulder? I tried with my head but it was my shoulder.
What a cross it was from Bernardo Silva as well. Playing with people like him and Kevin is great. On getting 50 goals for City I'm very happy.
I work hard. I focus on the goal all the time, that's why I think I score a lot.
His goal scoring I have Aguero with me, he is the top scorer, I have to work every day. I cannot stop, I try every time I start a game. I work every training session. I respect the manager's decision, I try my best every day.
Today we know always we come to play against Palace it is always difficult for us. They have good players. This season is going to be close with Liverpool. We have to try to win every game.
First-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva do the trick although Ederson did pull off two crucial saves from Benteke and Zaha near the end. A difficult evening for Palace, meanwhile, but they stay sixth in the table for now.
Their next game is a trip to Arsenal next Sunday. They're heading back into second spot and their team's next two league fixtures are at home to Aston Villa and Southampton. Before a trip to Liverpool no less on Nov