"We've had many players who have been on and off, and that has had no impact on the season whatsoever". A goal against Swansea in his last appearance took him to 9 league strikes this season which is a healthy return for a deep-lying 32-year-old, especially considering his 11 assists to bolster this figure. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield are mired in the relegation battle at the other end of the table. West Brom still look nearly certain to join them despite a late season revival.
And while Huddersfield players will have watched the trophy presentation knowing their place in the top flight is not yet secure, they produced a resolute performance worthy of a Premier League future.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham after their 1-0 victory over Liverpool thanks to an Olivier Giroud header.
Their supporters will savour the moment more than the match that preceded it.
The teenager has looked impressive when he has seen the field this season, even playing some Champions League minutes, and Guardiola has challenged him to prove his worth.
However, 15 of City's last 16 home games have ended with over 2.5 goals.
"Before this game we had three big, big opponents, two points ahead, but now we have two big, big opponents with a three-point advantage".
It's the day of Champions in Manchester, with Manchester City finally set to receive the Premier League trophy after clinching the title several weeks ago.
Newcastle and Brighton are mathematically safe, whilst it would require a series of results to go against Huddersfield for the Terriers not to survive.
It was the first time this season City had been kept scoreless at home in the league, the last occasion being in April previous year in a 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
"Here, it is more hard", said the Spaniard.
"I personally needed it and I think this team needed it", said the centre-back, now a three-time champion in England.
He has won three league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his time at the club but has made just nine league appearances this season.