Manchester City on Saturday leaped to the top of the 2017/2018 English Premier League table as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of hosts Watford.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with previous leaders Manchester United not in action until Sunday’s clash with Everton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their title rivals.
Aguero ensured they did just that as the Argentine forward maintained his mastery of Watford at Vicarage Road.
Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick for his seventh goal in five games the Hornets.
Aguero was not finished inflicting pain on Marco Silva’s men and he struck again four minutes later, tapping in after Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could not hold David Silva’s cross-shot.
Having notched his fifth goal of the season, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slipping in Gabriel Jesus for a non-chalant finish.
It was City’s 12th goal of a memorable week that also included a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyenoord.
Nicolas Otamendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva’s cross in the 63rd minute before Aguero completed his 10th City treble with nine minutes left.
There was still time for Raheem Sterling to win and convert an 89th-minute penalty kick to cap City’s swaggering display.
“It was so good, especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy.
“I was lucky to manage FC Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals.
“We have found our game,” Guardiola said.
In other EPL games also played on Saturday, Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield.
Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho made his first Liverpool start since his failed attempt to force a move to FC Barcelona.
But in spite of his return, Jurgen Klopp’s team were rocked when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 27th minute.
Liverpool drew level three minutes later though Mohammed Salah’s cool finish from Emre Can’s pass, but the Reds couldn’t find a winner with Coutinho substituted in the closing stages.
“I’m not happy, I’m angry with the result but pleased with the performance,” Klopp said.
“It’s our fault. We were dominant but only scored one goal.”
Also, Tottenham were held to a goalless draw by Swansea as Mauricio Pochettino saw his side’s Wembley woes continue on Saturday.
Pochettino’s team have now gone three Premier League games without a win at their temporary home after losing to Chelsea and drawing against Burnley and Swansea.(NAN)