Monday, January 25, 2021

Pep Guardiola warns his Manchester City side to be careful at Huddersfield

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that his side will need to be wary of complacency, which led to Huddersfield Town beating Manchester United.

The League leaders play the Premier League’s underdogs and newly promoted side Huddersfield Town, who have beaten the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle, and even Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. However, despite that Pep Guardiola has said that his team will not make the same mistakes as their cross-town rivals.

Jose Mourinho and his side lost there in a shock 2-1 defeat nearly a month ago, with the United manager later claiming that his player’s attitude was at fault. However, the Citizens boss has said that his side will not be guilty of complacency and will continue their unbeaten run in the league for as long as possible.

Having already played 12 games Manchester City have managed to win 11 and draw just one, which has put them on top of the table with 34 points. Their opponents Huddersfield meanwhile sit at 10th with 15 points, having won only two out of their last five games and a win for Manchester City would give them a massive 11 point lead at the top, should things go their way in the other matches.

But despite that Guardiola has spoken out during his pre-match conference, saying “The warning is to say: ‘Be careful.’ We know exactly what happens, we were there, and sometimes you have to accept the opponent is better.

Huddersfield will be complicated. There will be a big atmosphere but it’s the same as Brighton (City won 2-0); people said it’s not easy but it’s normal that it’s difficult. But complacency will not happen.”

Guardiola further added and spoke about what his opponents for Sunday have achieved, “What [Huddersfield’s manager David] Wagner has done speaks for itself: promotion from the Championship, the result against United but not just that.  At home, they have had good results. When they decide to make high pressing they are so well organized. The result against United is a good signal. At home they’ve had good results, they are intense.”

Author’s take:

Manchester City has been rampant and while it’s no shock that Pep Guardiola’s plan has finally come to fruition, anything can happen in the Premier League, even Huddersfield beating an arguably invincible Manchester City side. The Citizens do look invincible with everything clicking together brilliantly, but like always complacency plays a major part when it comes to the comparatively weaker teams of the league.


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