Ruthless Manchester City Remind Pep Guardiola Of Vintage Barcelona
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 17, 2017,
Sep 17, 2017, 0:34
But he impressed as he was given a second City start in Wednesday's emphatic 4-0 win at Feyenoord in the Champions League. A full list of TV coverage from around the world can be found here.
The visitors stormed to the Premier League summit thanks to Aguero's haul, with Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also on target. In their last meet on previous Premier League competition, the Sky Blues scored 5 goals without any opponent goals by Watford on 21 May 2017 has a massive end. Below is a ratings form for you to fill out with how you rate each Manchester City player's performance.
Watford will be without a host of defenders once more, giving boss Silva a selection headache ahead of the encounter.
The talented Brazilian, who joined the club in January leading many to doubt whether the two could both play in Pep Guardiola's fluid system.
Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart, and Miguel Britos are will not play in this match. Vincent Kompany, it seems, has not been missed and that's a good thing. "The way we played as a team, we are so happy", Guardiola said.
"Last season we weren't able to win many games against the top five or six in the Premier League and we didn't win away in the Champions League".
It appeared in the early stages of this season that the same flaws were still an issue, with City scoring just once from 19 goal attempts as they were held 1-1 at home by Everton last month.
Watford have kicked off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a bang, and a lot of it is down to defensive solidity that has been apparent for everyone to see under Marco Silva.
The global superstar gushed over Guardiola, but he would have expected his Watford side give a much better account of themselves than on the Catalan's last visit to Vicarage Road.
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are beginning to remind him of his great Barcelona side after a dominant week domestically and overseas. As Silva showed with Hull City last season, his teams are a hard nut to crack, thanks to organised and disciplined defending.
Watford are still unbeaten under Silva, and the Portuguese manager said: "We treat each match as normal". Minutes after a denied penalty shout from Newcastle, Lascelles rose high over the defense on a corner to meet another Ritchie cross and nod it into goal for the 2-1 lead and the eventual win.