Manchester City continued their rampant start to the campaign as they swept aside the tricky challenge of Marco Silva’s unbeaten Watford side in a six-goal romp at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Following respective 5-0 and 4-0 victories over Liverpool and Feyenoord already this week, Pep Guardiola’s side showed little sign of relenting as they condemned Watford to their heaviest defeat.
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, added to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and a late Raheem Sterling penalty, simply blew the Hornets out of the park and took them top of the Premier League.
Read on for three things The Boot Room took from a destructive victory for Pep Guardiola’s men.
‘Legend’ Aguero proves his class
After his start to the season it’s hard to believe that Sergio Aguero was relegated to the substitute bench last season during Gabriel Jesus’ rise, with speculation linking him with a shock summer exit.
However, since manager Pep Guardiola has experimented with both of his strikers playing in tandem alongside each other this season the results have been clear to see, and on Saturday afternoon the South American duo demolished a Watford side that had only conceded three in five prior games.
Marco Silva’s side just couldn’t contain Aguero, with the 29-year-old having eight shots and producing three chances on his way to a deserved hat-trick and a fifth goal in five league matches.
Saturday signalled the tenth hat-trick that he’s scored in a Manchester City shirt, taking his overall tally to 175 for the Blues – just two away from breaking the all-time scoring record set by Eric Brook.
His third goal was arguably the best of the lot, scything through the heart of Watford’s defence easily and slotting home, and it’s not hard to see why Guardiola labelled Aguero a true City ‘legend’.
Silva needs a response from his Watford side
Marco Silva’s Watford side were drastically dragged back down to Earth on Saturday, with Manchester City bringing an end to the Hornets’ four-match unbeaten run to start the season.
There had been quite the turnaround at Vicarage Road considering the limp way that Walter Mazzarri’s reign ended, with Watford winning two of their opening four games fairly comfortably.
But, despite keeping three consecutive clean sheets, they had no answer to Manchester City’s attacking strength and Silva will now need to sit down and force a quick response from his team.
The fixture list has been kind to Watford though, and back-to-back away matches against bottom-half sides Swansea City and West Brom will give them the perfect opportunity to bounce back before the international break and both restore morale to the dressing room and get points on the board.
City’s strength in depth make them title favourites
Whilst it’s still early days in the new Premier League season, there’s still a growing feeling that Manchester City are quickly becoming the over-riding favourites for the title come the end of May.
Three thumping victories in a week, ending in a 15-0 aggregate score, simply re-enforces the argument that Guardiola’s side are a force to be reckoned with on all four fronts this campaign.
The scary thing is the strength in depth that they have at their disposal; to put it into perspective, despite being 4-0 up and firmly in control of proceedings, Guardiola turned to his bench and brought on Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva to see things through to full-time.
When the season reaches full steam ahead and the games come thick and fast it’s this ability to rotate that will, unless something unexpected occurs, see City right in the mix in eight months’ time.