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Guardiola promises Man City improvement despite win against Huddersfield

21 January 2019

"We've scored a lot of goals".

There was always an air of confidence about the Citizens heading into the match, most likely formed by the fact that Huddersfield just can't score goals, but the way they went about their business was wonderful to watch.

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.

With City set to formalise their place in the Carabao Cup final next week - they have a 9-0 aggregate lead after the first leg of their semi-final against Burton - the trip to Everton on February 23 will have to be rearranged.

After a lacklustre first half, City came out quickly after the break, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes to kill off the game.

He said: "The emotion surrounding a Liverpool title run-in, like we saw a few years ago, is going to come again". We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's hard. "But every game teaches us and shows us what we have to". So far, so good.

'There's two teams and even Tottenham, who have so many points at this stage of the season, ' said De Bruyne, whose side finished 19 points clear last season and had clinched the title with five games to spare.

It had looked a direct battle between City and PSG to reach the 100 goal mark with the rest of the clubs in the Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga lagging behind. It is a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do. If Liverpool win, we have to win.

Following this weekend's FA Cup fixtures, City take on Newcastle the night before Liverpool host Leicester, and then welcome Arsenal the day before the Reds' visit to West Ham.

The Germany midfielder was involved in the move that put the game beyond Huddersfield in the 54th minute as Sane stayed just onside to collect Kevin De Bruyne's pass for Sterling to head home. "It is easier when you can play like that and you can push forward more". So he woke us up a bit to play our game quicker and better and help us find where the space is.

Guardiola admitted he spoke to his players during the interval, instructing them to keep more control.

Danilo's deflected long-range effort brought up that landmark, achieved across all competitions, after 18 minutes but Pep Guardiola's side were some way from their fluent best during the first half. "We've scored a lot of goals".

Guardiola promises Man City improvement despite win against Huddersfield