Guardiola promises Man City improvement despite win against Huddersfield

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2019

Pep Guardiola had other ideas.

If that was a wake-up call to his players as they chase Liverpool and prepare for a Champions League showdown with Schalke and an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Burnley and, surely, a Carabao Cup final, it would be a stretch to say Guardiola is alarmed.

United will host current leaders Liverpool on February 24 while City are scheduled to cross town to their neighbours on March 16.

"The way we played, we didn't deserve more than three goals", Guardiola said. That is what we have to improve.

"I think everyone could see in the second half we played quicker, had better position and we controlled the game really well", the German said.

Before Guradiola's men can again attempt to draw closer to Liverpool, they face two cup games.

They parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday, a mutual decision but a sad one for Terriers' fans who will always remember him as the man who not only secured promotion to the Premier League for the Yorkshire club but also kept them in the top-flight last term.

It's one of those age-old debates in football; is it better to have points on the board or games in hand.

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It worked but City did get ahead in the 18th minute when Danilo let fly from range and the ball flew off the head of defender Christopher Schindler past keeper Jonas Lossl.

It was City's 100th goal of the season in all competitions.

Two minutes later Danilo intercepted a wayward pass and his first-time ball forward was cushioned by the head of Sergio Aguero to Sane who neatly side-footed inside the post.

Ilkay Gundogan fired a couple of shots off target towards the end of the first half, but it was not until after the interval that they were able to take the game out of Huddersfield's reach with a quickfire double.

A repeat of that looks highly unlikely this season and this match pitted the Premier League's highest scorers against the lowest, with Huddersfield having netted just 13 times going into this encounter and having lost eight of their last nine league games.

"If we want to win the Premier League, we have to win every game week by week".

"We tried to cause them problems but the deflected goal put us on the back foot a little bit".

"I'll still be here, fighting for this club. What he's created here has been nigh impossible".

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