A brilliant start to the 2015-16 campaign got even better for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as his side got over the line at the Etihad by a scoreline of 2-0 against a newly promoted Watford side. The City has now won four out of their four Premier League fixtures with 10 goals scored and not one conceded. They look genuine title contenders and have taken a huge lead at the top already.
Watford have taken three draws out of four games but were not able to hold Pellegrini’s men who proved too good for the Sanchez Flores’ side. Raheem Sterling scored his first goal in a Manchester shirt after his big money transfer as Watford suffered their second defeat in the new season.
Sterling’s close range strike just after the break saw the resilient Watford defense broken. Not long later, midfielder Fernandinho scored his second goal of the season to seal all the three points at the Etihad on Saturday. But the Watford side deserves some credit for their first half display where they made life uncomfortable for the home team.
Sterling and Silva formed a great partnership down the left side of the field and created a lot of trouble for the back line of the travelling team. Capoue made some key interventions in front of goal which saved the blushes for his club as Aguero looked like scoring whenever he found space. Yaya Toure was also busy with the ball often finding his teammates in great positions.
The Brazilian Goalkeeper was called on numerous times as the City players took their chance whenever they can. But the resilience of the Watford defense saw the team head into the break on level terms. After the break, Pellegrini bought in Samir Nasri in place of Jesus Navas and the move payed off immediately as Sterling created space for himself to receive a cross from Sagna before smashing the ball home from close range.
Less than 10 minutes later, a Yaya Toure free-kick struck the wall and Silva who found the ball played a superb ball to Fernandinho and the Brazilian made no mistake in finding the net from an acute angle. Even as City were leading with 2 goals to nil, Watford piled up the pressure but the City defense managed to keep the traveling team at bay and handed Joe Hart his 4th consecutive clean sheet.
With this victory, Manchester City have won 10 club games in a row, a new record for the club. They looked terrific on and off the ball and their moment was simply irresistible. There are not many teams in the competition that can cope with the sharpness in their play and they are one of the firm favorites to lift the Barclays Premier League even if it is early days.
However, the biggest test for Pellegrini’s men will be the way they can manage their team when the Cup Competitions and the European Competitions start. English teams have often found it hard to adjust to playing three games in a week and City will need the strength of the whole squad if they want to be successful on more than one front.
Till then, they look a seriously hard team to beat and it will be good to see when and which team can break their resilience.