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FA Cup: Manchester City 6-0 Watford - 5 Talking Points

  • Here's a look at five talking points as Manchester City earned their record-breaking domestic treble with a 6-0 thrashing of Watford.
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Modified 19 May 2019, 09:24 IST

#4 Result sees Wolves secure Europa League berth

Wolves beat fellow newcomers Fulham in their final home game and have earned a Euro berth
Wolves beat fellow newcomers Fulham in their final home game and have earned a Euro berth

Watford's defeat here means that Wolves will be in the 2019/20 Europa League, which is a remarkable achievement for a newly-promoted side - regardless of how much they've invested. You only have to look at Fulham's demise after also getting promoted last term to see that spending mass sums of money doesn't always guarantee success, so credit must be given to Nuno Espirito Santo and his players. 

Making Molineux a fortress, they were excellent against the league's top sides and despite inconsistent results against some of the division's weaker teams, they picked up their form when it was needed most and earned enough points to pip Everton, Leicester, West Ham and Watford to seventh place. 

Their squad depth and quality will be tested as they'll only have roughly six weeks off before playing in the qualifying rounds. Balancing the competitions well and squad rotation is key to success, so it's imperative they learn from the mistakes that have plagued both West Ham and Burnley in recent seasons. 

If possible, they must avoid selling many, if at all any, of their key players - Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota all form part of the club's core while Raul Jimenez will be looking to continue his goalscoring exploits after agreeing a permanent deal earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, this result and the season they've had just shows Watford have a lot of work to do if they want to reach that level. Failing to properly invest after the sale of Richarlison last summer has proven costly, while their two best acquisitions - a subdued Deulofeu and gracious Ben Foster who watched on at Wembley.

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Published 19 May 2019, 09:24 IST
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