Manchester City showed their dominance this evening as a Raheem Sterling hattrick left Watford scratching their heads.
The Hornets were squeezed out of the game at the Etihad, despite a well-defended first half. Watford held a tight ship, but City’s class showed why they’re champions.
Sterling’s first goal was controversially said to be onside by the officials but in the end was the least of Watford’s worries as his acute finishing was enough to win the match.
The golden boys only managing two shots at goal, one of which was neatly tucked away by substitute Gerard Deulofeu.
His goal 17 seconds after coming on was the quickest by a substitute in the Premier League since October 2014, when Sammy Ameobi scored after eight seconds for Newcastle against Spurs.
When Troy Deeney and Deulofeu came on the pitch, The Hornets were a lot more energetic with the impact subs causing loads of problems, but Watford appeared out of steam in the last few minutes of the game and out of ideas.
Talking after the match, Head coach Javi Gracia said: “We played a very good first half that was defensively and collectively perfect.
“I have confidence in all our players, I know they’re able to compete with other teams.
“Now we have eight games more and they have shown that they are ready.”
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