man city shows its Pep

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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.

iTal­ian SeRie a

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.

geR­man bun­deSliga

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.

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Manch­ester City striker Ser­gio Aguero sig­nals a good pass to a team­mate dur­ing his team’s 6-0 vic­tory over Wat­ford.

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