Premier League 2018/19: 3 Reasons Why Manchester City Beat Watford
It was always going to be tough for Watford, taking on Manchester City who have been on yet another winning streak, having won their last six games in the league. However, between the two sides, Guardiola enjoys a great record at Vicarage Road with his side scoring 13 goals since he took over from Manuel Pellegrini. This made things even harder for Javi Garcia, with the Watford boss missing the likes of Tom Cleverly and Etienne Capoue.
They immediately conceded goals either side of the half-time whistle with Leroys Sane and Riyad Mahrez scoring two well-taken goals. Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back for the home side, five minutes from time and things could have been much worse for the Hornets, thanks to a wonderful first-half performance from Ben Foster.
The former West Brom and Manchester United goalkeeper was a brick wall in the first half, making more than his fair share of saves to stop Manchester City. While he was eventually beaten by Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, Foster made sure that he didn’t concede any more and made Manchester City fight for all three points.
Here are three reasons why Manchester City won the battle of Vicarage Road.
#3 Pep Guardiola has improved his masterpiece
He was always expected to win the league the moment it was announced that Pep Guardiola was taking over from Manuel Pellegrini. While the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager had a comparatively tough first season, in his second, Guardiola showed England why he is considered to be one of the game’s foremost managers. He not only won the Premier League title, but the Spaniard also created a team that managed to hit incredible heights and play gorgeous football, all at the same time.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and many others were immortalised alongside their manager. Now in his third season with the Cityzens, Guardiola has a Premier League and Champions League double in his eyes and has somehow managed to improve upon his masterpiece of a football team. The 47-year-old brought in Riyad Mahrez and Philippe Sandler to improve his squad, and that has changed the team.
Not only do City look a much stronger side, but the former Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has also added depth to the squad and has adjusted brilliantly to Guardiola’s tactics. While Manchester City does sit top of the Premier League table with 41 points, the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea are not too far behind and Guardiola will need to make sure that his best players at playing at the highest levels, as they get into a tough December.