Manchester City failed to fire on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy as Huddersfield claimed a vital point at the Etihad Stadium.
The champions lacked their usual ferocity and had to settle for a goalless draw against a Huddersfield side who dug in for a result that could be critical in their battle to avoid relegation.
City had gone into the game on the brink of breaking Premier League records for the most wins, most goals and most points in a season but all three were put on hold.
They might not have claimed the three points, but City could at least console themselves with the Premier League trophy and a WWE title belt.
54' #mancity 0-0 #htafc: @JonasLoessl tries to punch clear a corner but the ball hits a Town body and rolls towards the goal. Schindler, however, covered round superbly to hook the ball off the line! (AT)— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) May 6, 2018
He marshalled the visitors’ defence brilliantly and made a key clearance when his goalkeeper lost track of a corner. Industrious midfielder Jonathan Hogg also deserves a special mention.
102 - Manchester City have scored 102 Premier League goals this season, one short of Chelseaâs record in the competition (103 in 2009-10). The last team to score than 103 in a top-flight campaign was Tottenham in 1962-63 (111). Target.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 6, 2018
A frustrating afternoon meant history eluded City on Sunday. Still, Guardiola’s side have another two chances to break records, starting with the visit of Brighton on Wednesday.
Guardiola may have known little about Huddersfield prior to arriving in the Premier League but they have proven one of the most stubborn opponents his men have faced over the past two seasons. Last term City needed an FA Cup replay to knock them out of that competition and six months ago the Terriers led before Raheem Sterling scored a late winner in a come-from-behind victory. So many clubs have been put to the sword by City, but David Wagner’s Terriers seem to have found a formula to frustrate them.
Manchester City: Ederson 6 (out of 10), Kyle Walker 6, John Stones 6, Nicolas Otamendi 5, Fabian Delph 5, Fernandinho 6, Kevin De Bruyne 6, Raheem Sterling 6, David Silva 6, Leroy Sane 5, Gabriel Jesus 5. Substitutes: Benjamin Mendy (on for Delph, 57) 6, Ilkay Gundogan (on for De Bruyne, 68) 6, Bernardo Silva (on for Stones, 73) 6.
Huddersfield: Jonas Lossl 6, Mathias Jorgensen 8, Christopher Schindler 8, Terence Kongolo 8, Tommy Smith 7, Florent Hadergjonaj 7, Jonathan Hogg 8, Aaron Mooy 7, Chris Lowe 7, Alex Pritchard 7, Steve Mounie 6. Substitutes: Laurent Depoitre (on for Mounie, 59) 7, Scott Malone (on for Lowe, 77) 6, Rajiv van La Parra (on for Pritchard, 82) 6.
Manchester City v Brighton (Premier League, May 9)
Chelsea v Huddersfield (Premier League, May 9)