Manchester City emphatically made sure of their place in the group
stages of the Champions League next season by thrashing Watford
5-0 at Vicarage Road.
Pep Guardiola‚Äôs side made the most of an abject showing from
their hosts, with the home crowd making it clear that departing
head coach Walter Mazzarri will not be missed.
City‚Äôs grip on third place ahead of Liverpool was rarely in doubt
after captain Vincent Kompany headed a fifth-minute opener and
Sergio Aguero‚Äôs first-half brace took him to 33 goals in all
competitions this term.
The goalscoring emphasis then shifted from Argentina to Brazil,
with Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus ‚Äď the latter making it seven
goals in eight Premier League starts ‚Äď completing the scoring.
It meant City answered their manager‚Äôs call to be more clinical in
front of goal as he contemplates the first campaign of his coaching
career without a major honour.
A lapse from Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes almost handed
City an opener inside the opening minute but a heavy touch from
Aguero let him off the hook before Jesus‚Äô header was cleared off
the line by Jose Holebas.
The hosts‚Äô early charity saw them punished though when Kompany
was allowed ample room to plant a header beyond Gomes from
Kevin De Bruyne‚Äôs corner.
Aguero was then denied by a fine reaction save from Gomes and
wildly lashed a volley over on the rebound but netted his 32nd goal
of the season midway through the first half.
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