Pep Guardiola defends squad changes as Manchester City held by Huddersfield

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reveals that Vincent Kompany has picked up a leg injury, but insists that it is not serious.

Huddersfield may not be a Premier League team, but their form in the Championship has seen win six straight games in all competitions, rising from the fringes of the playoff-placed teams to sitting just a few points back from league-leading Newcastle.

An unfamiliar challenge awaits Manchester City today as they visit the John Smith's Stadium to face a side they last met at the turn of the millennium, Huddersfield Town, in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

"After the game next Tuesday against Monaco we have one week and when we come back from Abu Dhabi we are going to play that game".

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Asked whether he was frustrated by the result and the fact City now have another game to add to their schedule, City manager Guardiola said: "No it wasn't frustrating, I think that adjective is so tough". Both teams played a boring match, and we'll need a second match to find out if City will move on to the sixth round. Two days ago they played rugby and everything is a bit slow, they are so aggressive, they are so dynamic.

"The first half we had our chances, the goalkeeper was brilliant".

"We will play this game with total freedom because it's a different competition, we don't have to worry about anything".

Pep Guardiola: "Right now Huddersfield are in a big moment too, they are doing really well, a lot of confidence".

Kompany has been dogged by calf injuries over recent seasons and began the current campaign on the sidelines after undergoing groin and thigh surgery.



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