Guardiola admits mixed emotions after Man City win

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2019

Liverpool's compelling 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday heaped huge pressure back onto reigning champions City but they were rarely troubled by a Town side that look a certain bet for relegation this season.

Huddersfield will have regretted failing to take advantage of City's lesser performance in the first half, which they drifted back into towards the end of the second, but the damage had by then been done.

Raheem Sterling headed home the crucial second early in the second period before fellow winger Leroy Sane got in on the act, puncturing a buoyant Huddersfield crowd that came to celebrate David Wagner's tenure.

But that incident was the City goalkeeper's first real piece of action, which said everything about the lopsided nature of this contest. "It is important to win".

Even more remarkably, the full-back's strike saw him become the 17th squad player to register a goal for the Blues across all competitions, a remarkable tally that also includes Brahim Diaz who claimed two goals but has since moved on to Real Madrid.

18' GOAL! Danilo scores from a deflection off Schindler, who has ducked to avoid the ball.

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He said: "If Liverpool are in front two or three points going to Old Trafford and United are 10 or 12 points behind us, what do you think I am going to think the day before that game?"

"What we can do is beat United and then we are going to be there in the race but before that how many games do we have?" "During the season you have these kind of games, you can not always be at your best level", he said of the performance.

"Today we are happy we have won but after immediately we have to analyse". Our rhythm was not quick enough in the first, but we would take that result. This match was a baptism of fire for Huddersfield's caretaker boss Mark Hudson and while the Terriers showed impressive fight to inspire some hope this season, this defeat still left them 10 points adrift of safety.

Once again, Guardiola's side managed to do that following up the 3-0 victory over Wolves with this showing and the City manager was more than happy to remind everybody that silverware is not handed out for another four months. "Hopefully we can improve in the next games".

It was actually Danilo who gave the Premier League champions the lead, but the attacking duo combined shortly after half time for the England worldwide to bag the second, and then not long later it was the German who wrapped up the three points for the Citizens. If Liverpool win, we have to win. Hudson is set to revert to running the club's Under-23 team after the Yorkshire club entrust their senior team to a new full-time manager, with the head of Borussia Dortmund's reserves, Jan Seiwert, set to be announced this week.

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