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Manchester City vs Watford at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
21st September 2019 3:00 PM (BST)
  • 8 Manchester City

    • ‘1' David Silva
    • ‘7' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
    • ‘12' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘15' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘18' Nicolás Otamendi
    • ‘48' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘60' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘85' Kevin De Bruyne
  • 0 Watford


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Scintill-EIGHT-ing 🎱

Righto, chaps and chapesses... That's your lot from me.

What a wonderful day at the Etihad Stadium - another unforgettable win to add to the collection - and how fitting that we should break more records on the day we celebrate our 125th Anniversary.

1 + 2 + 5 = 8? Coincidence...?! πŸ˜‰

Thank you as always for joining us here on the Matchday Centre. Stay tuned to for more post-match reaction, plus those eagerly awEIGHTed highlights.

See you again on Tuesday, as we kick-off our defence of the Carabao Cup with a trip to Preston North End. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

I'm sure it'll be grrrrrrrrrrEIGHT!


Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

 "When you shoot on target five times for five goals - the quality of players we had made the difference. In the first minutes we gave them two chances to score two goals and they didn't.

"What I like the most is normally when it's 5-0 at half time the second half is not serious, it's boring but we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half.

"People still don't understand, journalists, pundits, former players, losing games is part of life. Opponents always deserve respect. The same feeling I have now I had after Norwich so it was not a bad performance. We can lose the games but the important thing is the approach and how we react.

"We are one of the best teams in statistics for having the least shots on target against us. We improved as we could have conceded two but we know the men up front we have have a huge amount of talent."

(Asked and then told about Manchester United's record): "I didn't know the record. Who is it? They deserve it, Congratulations."


More from Bernardo πŸ’¬

"We were unbelievable in the first 30 minutes, scored lots of goals and had control. After the Norwich defeat, it was great to give our fans the result and the performance.

"We aimed to keep it going in the second half. We didn't want them to hurt us or score past us.

"Footbal is a hard game - I've won 8-0 today but I've lost plenty of times by five or four goals. You just have to keep going so I wished the Watford players well"

(On Kevin de Bruyne): "Kevin de Bruyne is a fantastic player. Everyone knows how good he is when he is fit. When he is playing like today he is one of the best players in the Premier League."

(On what he'll do with his match ball): "I'm going to get all the players to sign my ball and then I'll take it home to Portugal and keep it in a special place."


Bernardo Silva πŸ’¬

"It was a great performance, 8-0 says everything.

"It's very good to get the three points after defeat at Norwich and I'm very happy with my first hat-trick of my career. My first match ball at home.

"All teams have good and bad moments, the way you react to the bad is the most important thing.

"Once again this team showed we want to fight for the Premier League and all the titles."


If anyone's wondering...

I just called my dad and I can confirm he is of sound mind, albeit ever so slightly merry!

Says he restricted himself to five pints instead of eight. Sensible lad.



And that's your lot!

Manchester City 8-0 Watford.

What a way to mark our 125th Anniversary game - by breaking our Premier League record with an absolutely storming display.

No let-up in the second half, after we'd cruised to a 5-0 half-time lead... goals all over the pitch... and valuable minutes for key players.

Absolutely phenomenal.


Oh my word.

Ridiculous from De Bruyne, who embarks on a Kinkladze-style run into the box before agonisingly, curling wide!

Deserved the perfect finish, that!


A beauty! 😍

He's deserved that!

What a wonderful strike from the Belgian, who powers one into the top corner. You could feel the fury behind that one!



Hardy Hornets

Credit to the Watford fans by the way.

As was the case in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, they've stayed to support their team, despite the fact it must make difficult viewing.

As I type, they almost pull one back but Deulofeu takes the ball too far wide and Ederson is able to block the narrow effort.



The Etihad crowd are loving what they're seeing, and the whole ground rises to its feet to belt out: 'If you love City, stand up!'


Inches wide!

So unlucky! Mahrez does well to slide the ball across to Aguero, who flicks goalward but the ball drags narrowly wide of the far post!



Bernardo with his second of the game, as the two Silvas brilliantly win the ball back on the left flank. The ball is crossed to Aguero at the far post but his effort loops back across goal and David collects before feeding Bernardo and the Portugal man controls before poking into the bottom corner!


City change πŸ”„

Guardiola makes a half-time change, as Angelino replaces Mendy.

He said in yesterday's press conference he was looking to ease the Frenchman back into action so think it's merely tactical, and also to hand Angelino some gametime.



Phew! City 5-0 Watford.

A remarkable opening 45 (well, 18) minutes, as the Champions head into the break with a gloriously commanding lead.

David Silva, Aguero, Mahrez, Bernardo and Otamendi all on the scoresheet! What a display...


How did that stay out?!

Two headed chances in quick succession as Aguero's backpost effort (from another De Bruyne' delivery) is somehow kept out by Foster.

Bernardo then looks to glance home but his effort bounces just wide.

In the build-up, the Portugal man had delightfully plucked the ball out of the air with a gorgeous touch.



Hairy moment there as Deulofeu bore down on goal - but Otamendi produced a fine challenge to dispossess him - and City manage to scramble the ball to safety.


Oh dear...

It's just occurred to me that my 72-year-old dad, who lives in Tenerife, has a pint to celebrate every goal.

Can't wait to discuss the game on the phone with him later...


Off the post!

De Bruyne and Aguero again! The Belgian with another perfect delivery, which Kun diverts goalward... It strikes the post; then hits Foster and rebounds out for a corner!



What a chance for Aguero! Once again, De Bruyne plays him through with an inch-perfect ball but this time, the Argentine uncharacteristically tries to be a little too clever and clips the ball just wide!

Rubbish πŸ˜‰


Fantastic five πŸ–

This is truly incredible.

I've watched City for 20 years and I can't recall an occasion where we've scored five in the opening 20 minutes.

I *do* recall being 4-0 down in that time - but those days seem like a lifetime ago now!



Bernardo gets in on the act, stooping to head home at the backpost!

Every attack = a goal.

Keep it up, City. WE ARE LOVING IT.


Free-kick πŸ‘€

Lovely from Mahrez to jink his way to the edge of the box. He's brought down by Doucoure and City have a free-kick in a very dangerous position...



Drilled home with aplomb by Aguero, who nets his 100th Premier League goal at the Etihad Stadium.

It was Mahrez who won the penalty, as he was upended by Foster. Poor from the Hornets' goalkeeper... but we don't care!



Super stop from Ederson to prevent an immediate Watford leveller, as he gets a hand to Deulofeu's low drive to divert wide.

Frantic start, this!


What a goal!

De Bruyne with an absolute peach of a delivery to the six-yard box and El Mago, in front of little Mateo, nipped in to poke home!



Na, na, naaaaaaaaaa... 🎡

'Hey Jude' rings around the Etihad as flags are raised on the centre circle, emblazoned with all five of our Club badges. 

125 years of this wonderful Football Club.

Let's mark the occasion with a win!


Brazilian magic πŸ’«

Gabriel Jesus has scored four goals against Watford in all competitions - more than he has scored against any other club. 


Guardiola on Mendy πŸ’¬

β€œThe first step is to play consistently and not get injured.

β€œIt was weeks and weeks and months of training. We did it the last month, which is a good sign, and then, he played his first minutes.

β€œNow, he will play more regularly but he has to understand what we have to do because he went two seasons without training or playing regularly.

β€œHe is a guy that has to practice to understand things. He has to train and play and play and play. He will be an incredibly important player for us.

"With him, we can attack more constantly and in a different way – he has a special quality that only he has in our team.

β€œWith Oleks Zinchenko, we cannot attack wide or deep. His quality is completely different. With Mendy, we can do it so hopefully, he can be fit and healthy, and play.”


A sea of sky blue πŸ’™

Out come the Champions for pre-match warm-ups, sporting a special City 125 anniversary training kit.

Similar to the Anniversary Shirt, it's sky blue with a white trim collar - only this time, the badge is central and '125 Years' is emblazoned on the back.


Team news πŸ—’

Club Jouralist David Clayton: "City make four changes from the side that started against Shakhtar in midweek.

"David Silva, Bernardo and Sergio Aguero also return with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko all making way.

"The return of recognised left-back Mendy is a defensive boost for City.

"With Fernandinho continuing in central defence, Rodrigo will pin the central midfield trio alongside David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

"Up front, Bernardo and Riyad Mahrez will play either side of top scorer Aguero.

"So, the Blues will go 4-3-3 this afternoon."



Ederson πŸ’¬

β€œThere are many games still to play in the league.

β€œIt has just started. A lot of things can still happen, just as they did last season.

β€œFive points is a good distance to have at the beginning of the season, but we have to chase to close the deficit.

β€œHopefully we can start that against Watford.”


Form ⚽

City head into this game on the back of Wednesday night's clinical Champions League triumph at Shakhtar Donetsk, but will look to bounce back from last weekend's Premier League setback at Norwich.

Watford meanwhile have endured a torrid league campaign so far and sit bottom of the table, having registered just two points so far this term.

One of those points did arrive courtesy of a fine two-goal comeback against Arsenal last time out though, so that should fire up the Hornets.


Stat attack πŸ“ˆ

β€’ City have won our last 11 meetings with Watford in all competitions, scoring at least twice in each match and 38 times in total.

β€’ The Champions are on a Club Premier League record of scoring in 27 consecutive fixtures.

β€’ This will be the fourth managerial meeting between Pep Guardiola and Sanchez Flores but the first in England. Sanchez Flores won the first match as Atletico Madrid manager in February 2010 against Guardiola's Barcelona.

β€’ Sergio AgΓΌero has scored with all seven of his shots on target in the Premier League this season.



Sergio Aguero has scored ten goals in his seven appearances against Watford in all competitions and has netted in his last six League matches overall. 

What a HOT streak he's on! πŸ”₯


Manchester la, la, la! β˜€

A very good afternoon from the Etihad Stadium on a gloriously beautiful day.

The sun is shining (I know), City are back in Premier League action and today marks the celebration of 125 years since our first league game!

Absolutely BUZZING!


View from the Hornets' boss...

Quique Sanchez Flores: "I love to play against the big teams. If you take my history of playing against big teams, I love to prepare these kind of matches.

"When you need to prepare to play against the big ones, you need to find something else - you need to be really, really experienced."


More from the boss...

"Now it’s completely different. It’s the beginning of season, they have Quique Sanchez Flores. I saw the second half against Arsenal and, wow, it was incredible how they play.

"Every game has problems. I don’t compare with the FA Cup game."


Pep's pointer...

The last time we faced Watford, of course, was last May's FA Cup final where Pep's side ran out 6-0 victors to complete the incredible feat of winning all four English trophies.

However, the boss believes that game will have no bearing on this afternoon's encounter.

"It was the last game of the season; we played that game knowing we could be part of something unique in English football history," Pep said.

"We had a few problems in the beginning but after that it was good. We won the Premier League a week before.


A day to remember...

Good morning Blues.

The sun is out, we're back in Premier League action as we prepare to play host to Watford and  it promises to be a an extra-special day to remember at the Etihad as we celebrate our 125th anniversary.

What's not to like?

Other games that day

  • Newcastle United0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Burnley2
    Norwich City0
  • Everton0
    Sheffield United2
  • Leicester City2
    Tottenham Hotspur1
  • Arsenal0
    Aston Villa0
  • Chelsea0
  • West Ham United0
    Manchester United0
  • Crystal Palace0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 5 +11 15
3 Leicester City 6 +3 11
4 Bournemouth 6 +1 10
5 Tottenham Hotspur 6 +4 8
6 Manchester United 5 +4 8
7 Burnley 6 +1 8
8 Sheffield United 6 +1 8
9 Chelsea 5 0 8
10 Arsenal 5 0 8
11 West Ham United 5 -1 8
12 Southampton 6 -3 7
13 Crystal Palace 5 -3 7
14 Everton 6 -4 7
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 -3 6
16 Norwich City 6 -5 6
17 Newcastle United 6 -4 5
18 Aston Villa 5 -2 4
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -4 3
20 Watford 6 -14 2
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