Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks that Huddersfield will give the reigning champions a run for their money. City will be up against Huddersfield tomorrow. The last time Manchester City and Huddersfield locked horns at Manchester, the result was a 0-0 draw.
Guardiola said, “Last season was tough, those games. They defended so well. They are so tough – physicality, defensively strong, good set-pieces, good throw-ins, good counter-attack, good high pressing. It was complicated last season and I imagine quite similar games.
In this part of the season, all the teams, especially those with a lot of players at the World Cup, you need time – one month or a month and a half. In this period, these kind of games are so dangerous for the players. Games like this – and Wolves, Cardiff, Fulham – I prefer these teams in October/November.
In this period the contenders, the big teams, history says always drop points. I remember last season we dropped points against Everton, and Bournemouth we won in the 96th minute. Always in this period games are so complicated. I guess it will be on Sunday.”
City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has a lot of respect for the club and their manager David Wagner. Gundogan said, “I know him (Wagner) from Dortmund, he was manager of the second team when I was there. He is a very nice guy and I really like him. He’s a very good manager.
The first game wasn’t that good for them. I hope for them they are going to stay in the Premier League but obviously I hope it is after Sunday they start [winning].”
Manchester City will play Huddersfield without their star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne who will be out for three months due to a knee injury.