Pep Guardiola's half-time talk woke Manchester City up says Leroy Sane


"City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after". We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's hard.

Reigning champions City have now scored 62 goals in 23 league games so far this season, eight more even than Liverpool.

It was City's 100th goal across all competitions and Fernandinho nearly provided number 101 with an unmarked header from a corner moments later, but City uncharacteristically failed to push on for more goals in an under-par first-half display.

'What these guys have done in 16 months or 17 months.we can not say there is a lack of intensity or they don't want to run.

A deflected 18th-minute strike from Danilo was added to in the second half by wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane as City eased to a fifth straight win in all competitions.

A bigger concern for Guardiola is a potential fixture pile-up at the end of the season with City already facing a rearranged game with Everton due to the Carabao Cup Final on February.

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The embarrassment of riches available to City manager Guardiola meant Gabriel Jesus, who had scored seven goals in three matches, dropped to the bench alongside David Silva while Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero returned to his starting line-up.

Sane looked consistently unsafe for City and played a key part in two of the three goals scoring one and providing the assist for another.

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. "But every game teaches us and shows us what we have to". We have to focus on what we have to do.

Liverpool's captivating 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday ensured this was a crunch fixture for Pep Guardiola's side, yet any hopes Huddersfield could pull off a shock win never materialised.

"But we have to go to Old Trafford and we have to try and win there too".

In the week after David Wagner left the club, Mark Hudson had the unenviable task of taking charge of Huddersfield as the lowest goal scorers in the league took on the highest.