Manchester City sauntered past Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon, with a stirring second half performance seeing Pep Guardiola’s side cruise to a 3-0 win over the Premier League strugglers.
City took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark, with Danilo’s rasping effort clattering spectacularly off the head of Christophe Schindler before flying into the back of the net. The visitors then notably took their foot off the pedal, and strolled their way to half-time without any clear desire to double their lead.
Perhaps with a few stern words still ringing in their ears, City upped their game after the break, and Raheem Sterling doubled his side’s lead with a close-range header. Minutes later, Leroy Sané finished off a flowing counter-attack with a trademark precision finish, in effect ending the Terriers’ hopes of launching a comeback.
As always, the match left us with a number of big talking points to chew over, so here are four things we learned from Sunday’s match at the John Smith’s Stadium.
4. Huddersfield Need to Appoint a New Manager, Quickly
Fair play to Mark Hudson, he’s stepped into the breach at an awful time for the club and has done the best he can, but the Terriers need to get a new full-time boss in – pronto!
Word on the street is they’re looking down the very on-trend route of bringing in a, enthusiastic German, with Borussia Dortmund youth coach Jan Siewert supposedly the lead contender.
Well, Ralph Hasenhüttl (Austrian, but with Bundesliga experience) has gone down a storm at Southampton, and copying the Saints’ managerial move could prove to be a capital piece of business,
3. There’s a Reason Why Aymeric Laporte Is Guardiola’s Most-Used Outfield Player This Season
Pep Guardiola’s propensity for rotation is up there with former Robot Wars favourite Hypno-Disc, but he’s given Aymeric Laporte a solid run of matches this season, and it’s paid off a treat.
The towering defender looked at his imperious best against the Terriers, continually snuffing out their feeble attacking attempts and playing the ball out from the back with aplomb.
It’s going to be a long campaign for City, who are still challenging on four fronts, and Laporte’s cool head at the back has proved invaluable so far this season.
2. City Won’t Catch Liverpool by Playing Complacently
It was a bizarre first half, where the Premier League champions took an early lead against the worst team in the competition, before essentially kicking back with the Sunday papers as Kevin de Bruyne nonchalantly carved a plump roast chicken for his teammates.
1-0 up and with no real danger of conceding, City’s supreme attacking players had a chance to run riot. Instead, they showed real complacency in their apparent lack of desire to score a second.
Thankfully for City fans, Guardiola was having none of it, and sent his side out raring to go after the break.
Sure, it was a minor and relatively unimportant lapse, but a troubling one when Liverpool are six points clear at the top.
1. The Terriers Have Got to Find a Goalscorer Somewhere
Huddersfield Town’s strikers, between them, have scored one goal this season. Let that sink in for a moment.
With the second half of the season now well under way, they need to start scoring goals, and fast!
Steve Mounié clearly has some goalscoring ability locked deep within himself, and Terriers fans will be hopeful their new manager can get him firing on all cylinders again.