English Premiership

Neville slams complacent Manchester City

2019-01-21 11:54
Gary Neville (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has warned Manchester City against complacency following a subdued opening half against Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

With the Citizens prolific attack taking on bottom-feeders Huddersfield, it was expected to rain goals in south Yorkshire on Sunday. But the defending Premier League champions were subdued in the opening stanza and went down the tunnel with a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, Neville warned Pep Guardiola's men that such a performance could cost them in the future.

"I got angry with them in the first half - they were drifting and showing that little bit of complacency," he said.

"If you were a City fan at home, you might sit there thinking 'Did you never have 25-minute spells like that?' but when you think of the intensity they got to all of last season... We were here last season and saw the celebrations at the end of that game. But today it felt like they were going through the motions in the first half a bit.

"They've got a big four months in front of them. They're going for the Champions League, they've got the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup and they're going for back-to-back titles and when you're going for that, you've got to have that intensity all the time."

City were better in the second half, making more opportunities and scoring twice to seal the victory and close the gap to table-toppers Liverpool to four points.

 

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