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Pep compliments Huddersfield after FA Cup stalemate

2017-02-20 13:49
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had no complaints after his team were held to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s FA Cup  clash against Huddersfield.

That leaves City with a replay to deal with at the Etihad Stadium on the 28th, while they also face a Champions League Round of 16 meeting with Monaco on Tuesday.

"When you play against teams in the Championship who are at the top of the league, it's always difficult," Guardiola said.

"They had good spirit but the players did absolutely everything and when that happens I have no complaints."

"It was a cup game against one of the best teams in the Championship and we know how difficult it is to play teams in the Championship away, in this stadium where a rugby game was played two days ago.

"They are a really, really good team but we put in a good performance, especially in the first half when we created many chances to score a goal and the goalkeeper was brilliant. In the second half we maybe played a bit better but didn't create too many chances."

Meanwhile Guardiola says he will never go back to Barcelona as their coach amid growing uncertainty about present incumbent Luis Enrique's future.

Enrique is out of contract at the Nou Camp at the end of the season, and the chances of him leaving have increased significantly after a calamitous 4-0 defeat away to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.

Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four years as Barcelona's head coach, says he has no intention of returning to the job he left in 2012.

"No, I will never go back to Barcelona to be coach there. My period there is gone."

Despite their stumbles, Barcelona remain the standard bearers of world football, according to Guardiola.

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