Pep Guardiola demands Manchester City improvement despite three goals against Huddersfield Town

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Manchester City travel to Huddersfield Town today, where they hope to claw back Liverpool's lead at the top of the table to just four points, after the Reds beat Palace in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield on Saturday.

Whatever manager Pep Guardiola had to say to his side at half-time spurred his side on after the break and Raheem Sterling headed in a cross - arguably offside - by Leroy Sane, to double the goal tally in the 54th minute.

The Blues then stepped up the intensity after the break with further strikes from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane to help maintain our flawless start to 2019.

Things didn't work any better on the field as the team, coached on a temporary basis by Mark Hudson, stayed 10 points adrift of safety and heading for a return to the second tier.

Sane was heavily involved in both goals, creating the first for Sterling by firing a cross into the middle which left the England worldwide with a simple diving header finish from close range.

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City broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Danilo's effort from outside the area was deflected past Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal via the head of Christopher Schindler.

Danilo pumped a ball forward and Aguero steered a fantastic cushioned header into the path of Sane who slipped the ball past Lossl.

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Sane looked consistently unsafe for City and played a key part in two of the three goals scoring one and providing the assist for another. That untimely wobble is receding from view and, with the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne and David Silva all working back towards full match sharpness, there should be more to come. Sterling had already been bizarrely singled out for boos by a section of the home faithful, but he seems to revel in making a mockery of such nonsense nowadays.

Sane, last season's PFA Young Player of the Year, has invited comparisons with Manchester United legend Giggs because of his pace and skill when attacking down the left wing, a similarity that Guardiola has acknowledged in the past.

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For Huddersfield, this defeat means they have gone 10 Premier League matches without a victory.

- Huddersfield have won none of the 34 Premier League games in which they've conceded the first goal (D3 L31), losing all 14 at home when conceding first.

It was City's 100th goal of the season in all competitions.

- Sane and Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season - the only duo to combine for more often are Bournemouth's Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals).

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