Manch­ester City hands Wat­ford its first loss

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

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

LONDON » Al­though it’s 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 third-place fin­ish in Guardi­ola’s de­but sea­son while fail­ing to pro­duce the stylish play of its man­ager’s for­mer sides, but a sec­ond straight off­sea­son of sig­nif­i­cant per­son­nel changes ap­pears to be pay­ing div­i­dends.

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

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 its open­ing five games with­out scor­ing.

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