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Pep Guardiola's wake-up call for Manchester City chasers

Guardiola woke us up - Sane reveals half-time rocket for Man City

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Manchester City were leading Huddersfield 1-0 at half-time on Sunday but manager Pep Guardiola was far from happy with their efforts.

Leroy Sane claimed Manchester City were given a wake-up call by Pep Guardiola at half-time during their 3-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town.

Half-time talk gets City slicking

Danilo's deflected drive gave City an 18th-minute lead at the John Smith's Stadium but the reigning champions were far from their fluent best as they sought to rein in Liverpool's seven-point advantage at the summit.

Sane was key to their improvement during the early stages of the second period – crossing for Raheem Sterling to head home before completing the scoring on the end on Sergio Aguero's knockdown.

"In the second half we played quicker and controlled it really good," the Germany winger told Sky Sports.

Asked what Guardiola told his players at the interval, Sane replied: "That we can't play the way we played in the first half, that we have to do more.

"They [Huddersfield] made a lot of pressure too and we know in the Premier League that if they score for 1-1 it will be difficult to win the game.

"He woke us up again a little bit to play our game quicker, better.

"He's always kind of relaxed but tells us we can do better. He did it again."

Danilo's goal was City's 100th in all competitions this season and the Brazil full-back concurred with Guardiola's assessment.

"Sometimes we tried things and they didn't happen," he told Sky Sports.

"In the second half we put in more intensity and that was important."