It was a lot tougher than some expected, but Manchester City reached 11 consecutive wins in the Premier League and remain 8 points ahead of Manchester United in the table thanks to a hard-fought, come-from-behind win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday. The Terriers went ahead and made things very difficult for the Blues, but Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling brought the team back and won another game for City.
The first half was one-way traffic: City dominated the entire period, keeping a lot of possession and creating real scoring chances thanks to fantastic passing and movement off the ball. Sergio Agüero had a goal correctly disallowed for offside, Raheem Sterling missed a sitter one-on-one with the keeper and Nicolas Otamendi nearly scored a screamer from outside the box.
It seemed like City had everything under control, but on the final play of the first half everything changed when a Huddersfield corner kick deflect off Otamendi into the net for an own goal.
Out of nowhere, the Terriers were ahead at halftime and City had a lot of work to do to get the win.
It really didn’t take long for City to get back in the game: Sterling won a penalty in the 46th minute, and Sergio Agüero didn’t waste it. The Blues had the entire second half to find another goal and win the game, but Huddersfield parked the bus and went into a time-wasting exercise to try and frustrate City.
Huddersfield’s plan was successful for while, but not for long: after a beautiful passing sequence the ball fell to Gabriel Jesus, who couldn’t beat Lössl but the ball hit Sterling and went into the back of the net. With the lead and five minutes to go in the match, Pep Guardiola made some changes to strengthen the midfield, control possession and run out the clock, and the Blues managed the final minutes well despite a lot of long balls and crosses from a desperate Huddersfield.
In the end, a vital three points that could have been a lot easier to get had City taken their chances. A win is a win, though, and we can’t complain about the performance. This team is good, and this team can fight for a result as well. Just awesome.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany (Jesus), Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva (Mangala); Sterling, Agüero (Gundogan), Sané
Goals: Agüero (47’), Sterling (84’)
Huddersfield: Lössl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Malone (Löwe); Williams, Hogg (Mounié), Mooy; Ince (Quaner), Depoitre, Van La Parra
Goal: Otamendi (45’+1 O.G.)
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