Manchester City came from 1-0 down to thrash Huddersfield Town 5-1 in the FA Cup last night in a dominant display at the Etihad stadium.
Guardiola started several big name players such as Sergio Aguero, Fernandinhio and John Stones whereas Huddersfield made 9 changes prior to their weekend game against Championship table toppers Newcastle United.
Despite the convincing score line, City’s shaky defence was at question again last night after just seven minutes when Huddersfield took a shock lead through Harry Bunn.
City’s fiery attack then dragged them out of trouble with goals from Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Leroy Sane and Kelechi Ihenacho took the wind out of Huddersfield’s sails.
Pep Guardiola told BBC after the game “”I think this is their best chance of silverware this season.” He then went on to comment on the performances of Sergio Aguero and Claudio Bravo saying “”It’s the best Sergio Aguero ever. Today the performance was amazing. The runs were at the right moment and the right tempo. His performance was top – the same with Claudio Bravo, his performance with the foot helped us build up.”
Regardless of Guardiola’s positive feedback and City’s impressive attacking display, their defence was still a major talking point after conceding an early goal in the 5th round replay. Claudio Bravo, who was at fault for the first goal when Harry Bunn’s effort crept under the City goalkeeper.
Bravo had previously conceded 16 goals in 24 shots in the premier league before coming under a lot of scrutiny and being dropped for second choice keeper Willy Caballero.
Although the city Keepers have taken a lot of criticism, it’s been clear the defence has not lived up to expectations including £50 million man John Stones. After a number of high profile errors it’s clear that Stones and Nicholas Otamendi haven’t lived up to their considerably large price tags.
Although they still maintain a respectable position and the table and are very much still competing in the FA cup and in Europe, it’s clear the defence needs tightening up having only kept just 13 clean sheets all season.
It has commonly been suggested that Guardiola’s obsession with his style of play has come as more of a priority than the basics of defending. Despite this Pep told Sky Sports “”It is not about the system,” after their 4-2 loss at Leicester in December.