In only Manchester City's 28th fifth-round FA Cup tie since World War Two, Pep Guardiola's men drew a blank in the face of determined and boisterous Huddersfield Town, backed by an enthusiastic record stadium crowd of 24,109. Although City's much-changed side did not show up to the same extent a first-choice XI might have done, they stuck at it in a game that gradually developed into a testing encounter that finished 0-0.
HUDDERSFIELD, England -- Three thoughts from Huddersfield's 0-0 draw with Man City as the Championship side held them to a replay.
1. City struggle after eight changes
With both teams competing at the top of their respective divisions, a draw in this FA Cup fifth round was the last thing either wanted. But a draw they got, with Manchester City held to a 0-0 draw by the hugely impressive Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.
A suitable gap will have to be found in their respective schedules...
It's been more than two years since Manchester City faced a team from outside of the top flight in the FA Cup. It was a shock result, too, as then-Championship Middlesbrough took a 2-0 victory away from Manuel Pellegrini's team at the Etihad in January 2015.
The fans haven't had an away trip to a lower league side in the competition for even longer -- it was a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in Pellegrini's debut campaign, back in January 2014.
To get a win when playing away at a team from outside the top...
Gabriel Jesus is in Barcelona as he undergoes treatment on his fractured metatarsal from Dr. Ramon Cugat, rated by Pep Guardiola as the best in the business. With Manchester City's best-case scenario being a two-month absence, wrapped in the caveat that rushing the teenager back could be damaging in the long term, Sergio Aguero will once again be his club's frontline striker.