So, Manchester City win another game in their pristine season of football. They defeated Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium after trailing at half-time. This is the first time since 1995 that City have come from behind at interval away from home and win a Premier League game. I know this counts for nothing but the way Pep Guardiola’s men are breaking records this season, we might well see “The Invincibles” in the action by May 2018.
Came Back from difficult position: –
Huddersfield Town to be fair did what they could to thwart any City danger. David Wagner’s team sat back in a compact 4-5-1 formation with their striker Laurent Depoitre man-marking Fernandinho. The likes of David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were starved off space in and around the box. Even though, they were good enough to create chances to open up the Terriers defence.
Despite all those efforts, the home side took the lead late in the first half. It was a Nicolas Otamendi own goal from a corner just after Vincent Kompany tried to score an own goal from the previous corner. At half-time, being 0-1 down, many thought this can be the game where the Manchester City bandwagon might struggle to turn around.
But, Guardiola cheered his team up nicely at half-time, Raheem Sterling won a penalty early in second half and the parity was restored. This set the home side back a little as the dream of beating the potential “champions-elect” was diminished in a trice. The game continued to have the possession v defence exercise until a lucky ricochet from Sterling ended in the back of the net.
The final whistle came as a huge relief for Guardiola, who in post-match presser stressed on the fact that his team needed this game for understanding the severity of the Premier League. Manchester City weren’t at their fluent best and still managed to do the job is a clear hallmark of champions. Huddersfield can be a tough place when the crowd gets behind their home team. City managed to turn a negative result at half-time to win the game, quite admirable it has to be said.
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Characters are there to go the long way: –
If we take a look at Manchester City’s squad, there are some exciting young prospects playing unbelievable football like Leroy Sane, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, etc. On the other side, they have players like Kompany, Fernandinho, Aguero, D. Silva who have won the Premier League before and have the required experience of the league when needed.
So, if the young players struggle at different times, the experience and strong characters can help them past the line. This combination along with a hard task-master Guardiola as a manager is something out of ordinary. We are still 13 games into this season in the league, but the fact that even if City lose 2 games and still can remain top is the measure of success they have achieved so far.
We can see the league table and think from it, that how in all possibility will this Manchester City team be caught off guard. We know the December-January period can be hectic for any team and it may have few negative results for Guardiola’s men. On the same lines, the other teams haven’t yet convinced us to predict that ok, Manchester United will win all their winter games and catch the negative results of their neighbours.
All in all, a difficult league might well have a “one-horse” race by February and other teams need some soul-searching to find a way to break through at the top.