After beating Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road, City displaced Chelsea from the top of the Premier League for the first time this season.
The champions led 2-0 at halftime with to goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, albeit it could and should have been much more.
After the restart, it was a similar story, with Bernardo scoring a stunning third to seal victory just after the hour mark.
Before Chucho Hernandez drew one back on 74 minutes, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish both hit the woodwork.
HOW IT ALL HAPPENED AT VICARAGE ROAD…
Watford has never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League, and the visitors jumped out to an early lead, appearing a cut above the ‘Hornets.’ Aymeric Laporte, who was unmarked, saw his header pushed off the line by Joo Pedro as City began to assault Daniel Bachmann’s goal. Watford’s strategy of leaving rival players unmarked was evident in the first half, and Raheem Sterling took advantage four minutes in, to nod in Phil Foden’s cross.
In spite of enjoying 80 per cent possession and more than a dozen shots on target before halftime, Pep Guardiola may have been disappointed by his team’s wastefulness in front of goal. After some excellent link-up play from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündoan, who saw his effort saved by Bachmann before Bernardo Silva followed up on the rebound to double his side’s lead, a second goal was eventually scored.
The second half was more of the same, with City dominating possession and generating chance after chance. Several players had chances to score the third goal because they looked dangerous in every attack, but their poor finishing kept the goal tally low. After an hour, Bernardo Silva added a third goal for his team, curling a lovely effort into the top corner for his seventh Premier League goal of the season, already equaling his highest total from the previous season.
Cucho Hernández made a driving move into the box, saw his initial shot hit the post, then followed up to touch in the rebound, catching the City defence off guard. However, the cushion ensured City’s victory, which saw them go to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s loss earlier in the day. Watford, on the other hand, continued their bad trend under Claudio Ranieri, who has now lost six of his eight games since taking over.
ENOMAOMORUYI MAN OF THE MATCH…
BERNARDO SILVA(MANCHESTER CITY)
- Watford made one forced change from the starting lineup against Chelsea, with Danny Rose replacing the injured Adam Masina, as he did in that encounter.
- Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, and Phil Foden all returned from injury, while Aymeric Laporte returned from suspension, as Pep Guardiola made five changes to the Man City side that defeated Aston Villa in midweek.
City’s players included Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus.
On Friday Night Football, Watford visits Brentford, while City faces RB Leipzig in their final Champions League group-stage match on Tuesday (5.45 pm), before visiting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, December 11. (12.30pm).