man city shows its Pep
Although it has taken a year longer than many expected, Manchester City is finally beginning to resemble a Pep Guardiola-coached team.
City remained in rampant form as it 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 respectively.
City stuttered to a thirdplace finish in Guardiola’s debut season while failing to produce the stylish play of its 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.
“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game, we can make short passes, and we have a lot of energy from our full backs.”
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.
The victory took City to the top of the table, but Manchester United can join it on Sunday with a win over Everton.
SPaniSh la liga
Atletico Madrid debuted its new stadium and beat Malaga 1-0 on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal at the state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano.
The nearly 68,000 fans at the inaugural match in the stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital erupted when Griezmann converted a low cross by Angel Correa from the right an hour in.
“I’m proud to have written my name in the history of the stadium and in the history of the club,” Griezmann said. “Hopefully there will be many more goals like this in this stadium.”
Atletico moved to within four points of Barcelona, which came from behind to defeat Getafe 2-1 and stay perfect after four matches.
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Inter Milan stayed perfect in Serie A with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Crotone, which remained on Saturday the only team yet to score a goal in the league.
Inter won its previous three matches comfortably but found it harder than expected at Crotone until eight minutes from time when defender Milan Skriniar broke the deadlock. Ivan Perisic sealed the result in stoppage time.
Bayern Munich shrugged off a couple of lacklustre performances by routing Mainz 4-0 to start its traditional Oktoberfest celebrations on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski marked his 100th league appearance for Bayern with his 81st and 82nd goals, which came on the first day of the 184th beer festival. Bayern players traditionally go on an annual team visit to Oktoberfest.
There was bizarre owngoal in Schalke’s 2-1 win at Werder Bremen. Both Milos Veljkovic and Lamine Sane wanted to clear the ball — Sane with a bicycle kick and Veljkovic with his head. Instead, Sane kicked his teammate in the head and the ball ended in their own net.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero signals a good pass to a teammate during his team’s 6-0 victory over Watford.