Manchester City reduced the gap at the top to four points once again with a 3-0 victory over struggling Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Blues ensured they remained in touching distance of leaders Liverpool after goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
City came into this game on the back of a 3-0 home win against Wolves last Monday night and Pep Guardiola will be purring at the thought of his squad almost getting back to full fitness.
In what was slightly a game of two-halves on Sunday afternoon, the visitors started this one on the front foot. The tempo of the play when in possession is something we have come to admire of this side and for the opening 20 minutes on Sunday this was in full flow, Leroy Sane causing confusion and panic in the Huddersfield defence.
The first real opportunity of the game fell to Segio Aguero when he was found in the right hand side of the box by Raheem Sterling, although he couldn’t find the angle on the shot and it went well wide.
13 minutes in and City had their first real chance when Kevin De Bruyne played a magical ball into the path of Sterling who was hauled to the ground by Kongolo. A stone-wall penalty not given, as we have come to expect with referees when involving Sterling.
City didn’t dwell on this obvious error though and five minutes later they hit the front through unlikely source Danilo. His effort from outside the box took a massive headed deflection off Schindler into the far corner of the net.
The first-half then seemed to be quite lacklustre as City took their foot off the gas and Huddersfield couldn’t really create any real efforts on goal. This looked to have City manager Guardiola angered, as he was seen rolling his eyes on the touchline.
The Spanish manager quite clearly expressed his anger at half-time as the away side came out of the blocks much quicker in the second-half. It was to be a quick fire double that would seal the three points.
Firstly in the 54th minute, Raheem Sterling was able to get his head onto the end of a Leroy Sane cross to the back post after some nice and intricate build-up around the box. Two minutes later the Blues put the finishing touches on a somewhat sombre afternoon in Yorkshire.
A loose ball in midfield was picked up by Danilo and the Brazilian prodded it forward to the head of Sergio Aguero, he nodded it down to the onrushing Sane who was able to take a touch and calmly slot it past Lossl into the corner of the near post.
The game was taken away from the home side in the space of two minutes and Guardiola was able to make changes to see the game out relatively easy. David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Fabian Delph were all introduced in the second half and the substitutes tried to flex their muscles in what was left of the game. The only other chance in the game fell to Bernardo who hit his right footed effort into the body of Lossl.
Huddersfield went close late on through Steve Mounie but it ended a comfortable 3-0 win to the visitors. City march on and look forward to Wednesday night and the second leg of their Carabao Cup tie with Burton Albion.