Pep demands more

HUDDERSFIELD. — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was far from satisfied despite a 3-0 win away to Huddersfield Town on Sunday that saw his side cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the English Premier League football table to four points.

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.

City’s first goal, a deflected strike for Danilo in the 18th minute, brought up their 100th goal of the season in all competitions before Raheem Sterling scored a diving header from Leroy Sane’s cross in the 54th minute and Sane himself made it 3-0 with a calm finish just two minutes later.

For Guardiola, it should have been an afternoon of enjoyment as his side again proved their willingness to push Liverpool all the way this season.

The City manager, however, has forged a footballing reputation based on sublime performances as well as ruthless goalscoring and, on that basis, his team’s showing in West Yorkshire was not a success as the visitors never really clicked into gear on a day against a Huddersfield side who had parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday.

“During the season you have these kind of games,” Guardiola said. “It is important to win. We have scored many goals in all competitions.

“(But) the way we played, we didn’t deserve more than three goals. We will improve in the future.

“We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it’s difficult.

“Today we are happy we have won but after immediately we have to analyse. During the season you have games when maybe you are not in the top level and it is important to win these games.

“If we want to achieve something and arrive in the last stages of all competitions, our game has to improve,” said the Catalan, whose side seemed uncharacteristically lethargic and sloppy at Huddersfield, especially in the first half. 

Source : The Herald

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