Pep Guardiola delighted with lethal Manchester City after six-goal show

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Sergio Aguero played a huge part in Manchester City's rout of Watford.

The corresponding fixture last season ended in the exact same score in favour of City, with Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero (twice) all finding the back of the net.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

Watford will be without a host of defenders once more, giving boss Silva a selection headache ahead of the encounter.

City stuttered to a third-place finish in Guardiola's debut season while failing to produce the stylish play of its manager's former sides, but a second straight offseason of significant personnel changes appears to be paying dividends.

Watford will be without the crocked Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl, while Miguel Britos is still banned. It also has solved the conundrum of fitting him and David Silva into the same team and, when City enjoy the dominance of possession they exerted here, using two players with eyes for a through ball makes flawless sense.


Watford had started the day hoping to reach the summit themselves but a quickfire double by Aguero either side of the half-hour mark soon erased that unlikely prospect.

Striker Aguero now has five goals in three games and has moved to within two goals of becoming City's all-time record goal scorer.

The Hornets have lost all four games against tomorrow's opponents since they arrived back in the Premier League two seasons ago. The flag stayed down though he appeared to be offside - and Watford manager Marco Silva was left with an incredibly hard team talk at half-time. The Hornets don't have the best record against City in the Premier League, and could well be put to the sword given the visitors' impressive form on the road. In England there is a bit more: "Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that in the current transfer market there is little guarantee that any club can hold on to their young talent.

Image courtesy of Man City via YouTube, with thanks.

"[Saturday], for example, is a big test for us".

Captain Jamal Lascelles made it 2-1 to Newcastle 10 minutes later to secure the win.

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