- Man City beat Watford 3-1 at the Etihad stadium this evening
- Goals from Sterling, Aguero and an own goal from Kabasele set Guardiola’s side on their way to win
- Gap over rivals Man United increases to 15 points following result
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Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and an own goal from Christian Kabasele, as the Citizens increased their lead at the top to 15 points.
The home side got off to the perfect start, as a cross from Leroy Sane was turned by Sterling just 39 seconds in as Guardiola’s side scored the fastest goal so far this season.
The Citizens then doubled their lead in the 13th minute, as a cross from Kevin De Bruyne was turned home into his own goal by Kabasele to put Man City in the driving seat.
City then bagged their third in the 63rd minute, as another cross from De Bruyne was parried into the path of Aguero, who slotted home to give his side all three points.
Guardiola’s side suffered a consolation goal late on from Andre Gray, as a ball from Carrillo found the former Burnley forward, who tapped home to bag a consolation for the Hornets.
Player of the Match
Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne was absolutely class tonight, with the former Chelsea midfielder bagging two assists as City returned to winning ways
The maestro was at the heart of everything good for the home side tonight, as Pep Guardiola’s side made it 30 Premier League games in a row unbeaten.
This tweet sums up just how good the Belgian talisman was this evening
Another top class performance from De Bruyne this evening. Clearly unfazed by that Puncheon challenge. It may have even spurred him on, he was getting propa' stuck in tonight. Love it
— joe (@kunfazed) January 2, 2018
Stat of the Match
Watford must hate the sight of Aguero by now!
10 – Sergio Aguero has only scored more goals against Newcastle (11) in all competitions for Man City than he has against Watford. Fest.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2018
Man City: Ederson 6, Walker 6, Stones 6, Otamendi 6, Delph 7, De Bruyne 8, Fernandinho 7, D Silva 6, Sterling 7, Aguero 7, Sane 7 / Subs: Toure 6, B Silva 6, Danilo 6
Watford: Gomes 6, Janmaat 6, Wague 6, Kabasele 5, Zeegelaar 6, Watson 6, Doucoure 6, Richarlison 6, Capoue 6, Carrillo 7, Gray 7 / Subs: Cleverley 6, Sinclair 6, Pereyra 6
De Bruyne received nearly all the praise following Man City’s return to winning ways tonight
Kevin De Bruyne is world class and the best player in the premier league.
— Jake (@Everything_City) January 2, 2018
De bruyne is so good he even had the opposition scoring from his assists hahaha
— Finley Holt (@Finleyholt2002) January 2, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne is so good he can assist opposition players in scoring for us.
— Frank Moses (@DavidSilvaesque) January 2, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne is disgustingly good at football
— Paul Sambrook (@Sambrook92) January 2, 2018