EPL 2017/18: Watford 0-6 Manchester City, 5 talking points
In an unusual top of the table clash, it was Watford who welcomed Manchester City to Vicarage road. Both teams were unbeaten and looked to extend their clean-sheet streaks. However, in the end, Watford’s bubble was harshly burst by the quality of Pep’s men.
Manchester City opened the scoring in the 26th minute when main man Sergio Agüero latched onto a Kevin De Bruyne delivery to head home from 7 yards out. Their lead was doubled 5 minutes later as Sergio Agüero tapped in from close range. City basically put the game to bed in the 37th minute as Gabriel Jesus ran onto an Agüero through ball and calmly slotted it past Heurelho Gomes.
The story was much the same after the break as Nicolas Otamendi further increased City’s lead with a header from a David Silva corner in the 63rd minute. Agüero completed his hattrick in the 80th minute bursting through the Watford and sneaking a shot past the outstretched Gomes.
Just to rub salt in the wounds, Manchester City were rewarded with a penalty in the dying minutes which Raheem Sterling duly converted. The win sends Manchester City clear at the top of the table with only Manchester United within touching distance.
Here are the main talking points of the game.
#5 ?lkay Gündo?an returns
After missing 252 days through a cruciate ligament rupture, ?lkay Gündo?an made his first-team return for Manchester City. In that time, Gündo?an has missed 32 competitive games for the Sky Blues. The industrious German midfielder only adds more quality to City’s stacked midfield. The 26-year old came on for Kevin De Bruyne in the 66th minute.
In his short but welcomed cameo, Gündo?an had 47 touches of the ball, maintained an 88% pass accuracy and made 14 passes in Watford’s half. He doesn’t seem to have lost a step during his months on the sidelines.