Manchester City were well below their best in the first half of today’s win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, despite heading into the interval with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Danilo’s deflected strike.
Loose passes and general sloppiness invited the Terriers back into the game and Guardiola made sure his side came out for the second half with a better attitude.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, man of the match Leroy Sané, who bagged both a goal and assist today, explained how Pep’s half-time team talk woke the team up and led to them stepping up in the second half.
“I think everyone could see in the second half we played quicker, had better position and we controlled the game really well,” the German said.
“(Pep said) we can’t play the way how we played in the first half. If they scored at 1-1 then it would have been difficult to win the game.
“That’s why he woke us up a little bit to play our game again quicker, better and helped us with the spaces.”
City’s win closed the gap on Liverpool back to four points again, with the Blues maintaining the pressure as they look to become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League title.