Guardiola wary of threat Huddersfield can pose
Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City will not be guilty of the complacency that led to Manchester United’s defeat at Huddersfield Town this season.
The Premier League leaders play at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow. José Mourinho’s side lost there 2-1 on October 21st and the United manager said his players’ attitude was to blame.
Guardiola shrugged off any notion City could suffer the same fate.
“The warning is to say: ‘Be careful,’” he said, before pointing to last season’s FA Cup goalless draw at Huddersfield. “We know exactly what happens, we were there, and sometimes you have to accept the opponent is better.
“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 organised. The result against United is a good signal. At home they’ve had good results, they are intense.
“Huddersfield will be complicated. There will be a big atmosphere but it’s the same as Brighton [where City won 2-0]; people said it’s not easy but it’s normal that it’s difficult. But complacency will not happen.”
Phil Foden made his debut in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Feyenoord, coming on for the last 15 minutes.
Asked how much more playing time may be given to the 17-year-old midfielder, Guardiola said: “We are so pleased he played. It is so important for the club to have one, two or three local players from the academy.
“His family are City fans and that’s so important. So we’ll take the decision about him playing more – it depends on his quality and his development.”
Raheem Sterling scored the winner against Feyenoord. It was his 11th goal of the season, equalling his best return, and Guardiola was surprised at the tally.
“It’s good. Sergio Agüero didn’t play all the games, Gabriel Jesus too. Normally both are better scorers. It’s good the players know he can score goals. It’s the best number of his career and we’re in November and there’s a lot of time to score more.”