Pep changes add spring to Manch­ester City

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AL­THOUGH it’s taken a year longer than many ex­pected, Manch­ester City are fi­nally be­gin­ning to re­sem­ble a Pep Guardi­ola- coached team.

City re­mained in ram­pant form as they ended Wat­ford’s un­beaten start to the English Premier League with a re­sound­ing 6- 0 vic­tory at Vicarage Road on Satur­day.

Guardi­ola’s side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the in­ter­na­tional break, fol­low­ing 5- 0 and 4- 0 wins over Liver­pool and Fey­er­nood spec­tively.

City stut­tered to a third­place fin­ish in Guardi­ola’s de­but sea­son while fail­ing to pro­duce the stylish play of their man­ager’s former sides, but a sec­ond straight off- sea­son of sig­nif­i­cant per­son­nel changes ap­pears to be pay­ing div­i­dends.

“It was so good, es­pe­cially af­ter an away game in the Cham­pi­ons League,” Guardi­ola said. re-

“I was lucky to man­age Barcelona with many out­stand­ing per­for­mances but this week has been a lot of goals.”

Ser­gio Aguero scored a preda­tory hat trick and laid on an as­sist for Gabriel Je­sus, while Ni­co­las Ota­mendi headed in and Ra­heem Ster­ling added a late penalty.

Else­where, Liver­pool failed to shake off the ef­fects of last week’s thrash­ing by City, let­ting Burn­ley leave An­field with a 1- 1 draw.

Crys­tal Palace be­came the first club in league his­tory to lose their open­ing five games with­out scor­ing.

Swansea brought Tot­ten­ham back to earth in a score­less draw at Wem­b­ley, three days af­ter Spurs tore apart Borus­sia Dort­mund.

New­cas­tle made it three league wins a row by beat­ing Stoke 3- 1, Le­ices­ter and Hud­der­s­field drew 1- 1 and West Brom and West Ham played out a goal­less draw.

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