Manchester City 6 Huddersfield 1

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2018

Guardiola's team were widely regarded as one of the finest sides to ever play in the English top-flight, 12 months after the Catalan coach played out his first and only trophyless season as a professional manager.

City's other scorers were Gabriel Jesus, who started up front alongside Aguero in a 3-5-2 formation, and long-serving playmaker David Silva, who curled in a delightful free kick.

Jon Gorenc Stankovic gave the visitors the slightest glimmer of hope before half time when he poked in from Steve Mounie's flick-on, but any optimism was snuffed out early in the second half by a brilliant free-kick from David Silva.

The intensity of the game had been dropping, but City were still able to add a sixth goal before the full-time whistle when Kongolo diverted the ball into his own net after Hamer had saved Leroy Sane's close-range effort.

Huddersfield worked miracles staying in the Premier League last season, but it might be an even greater surprise if they are to stay out of the bottom three a second year.

Yet the three-goal lead was restored within three minutes of the restart when Silva bent a lovely free-kick into the top-right corner as Hamer stood motionless.

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Pep Guardiola may also be without Sergio Aguero & Benjamin Mendy for the visit of the Terriers and is expected to make a few changes in the side.

"Klopp wants high-energy players who probably haven't got the technical quality of a De Bruyne or a Silva".

Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has warned his old club that Liverpool will be hot on their heels in the Premier League title race this year. The Portuguese midfielder is most likely to start on Sunday and be the long-term replacement for the Belgian worldwide.

For Mahrez, it might have been a humbling experience to be dropped to the bench in only the second Premier League game of the season but such is the strength in depth, as City try to compete for four trophies. With Huddersfield likely to sit back and defend, Silva will be charged with unlocking the defence with a key pass.

De Bruyne's expected three-month absence is a blow but City once again proved they are far from a one-man team. The Australian worldwide impressed for his country at Russian Federation 2018 and will be the man to watch in the midfield.

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