HUDDERSFIELD manager David Wagner has made a big impression since taking charge of the Terriers who he has turned into one of the most competent teams in the Championship.
Organised, disciplined, ruthless – German efficiency at its best.
Huddersfield have won their last six matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in seven home games so go into their biggest match in years full of confidence.
City though have won their last four matches and, of course, will be a formidable force. Although Pep Guardiola is sure to ring the changes with Monaco coming up next week.
Also, he will be without Gabriel Jesus who could be out for the season. A major blow. But a chance for Sergio Aguero to re-establish himself as the main man.
It promises to be an interesting battle of wits and wills – not just between the two sets of players but the two men at the helm.
Wagner was manager of Borussia Dortmund’s second team, working closely with Jurgen Klopp whose footballing philosophy he took on board.
He has even got Huddersfield playing in Dortmund’s electric yellow strip – and his players have adopted the German club’s post-match celebration.
There have been plenty of those since Wagner took charge of the Terriers in November 2015, and they pose a serious threat to City because of their organisation and counter-attacking ability.
Quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38940051 – German-American Wagner says ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth round tie that his side shouldn’t really stand a chance against one of the Premier League’s big guns.
He said: “When Huddersfield Town play against Man City is it realistic that Huddersfield will win? No, it isn’t. It’s totally unrealistic in my opinion.
“Is it possible? Yes, it is possible because it’s football and nobody knows the result before a game. We will play this game with total freedom because it’s a different competition, we don’t have to worry about anything.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid respect to their opponents, saying: “Huddersfield have momentum, playing with a lot of confidence. The FA Cup is complicated but we’re always fighting.
“Huddersfield are fighting to go to the Premier League. I saw the game against Leeds – they are a really good team.”