Full Time: Watford 1-2 Manchester City
Goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez helped Manchester City extend their winning run to six games with a 2-1 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Sane bundled home from Mahrez’s cross just five minutes before half time and the Algerian got on the score-sheet himself when teed up by Gabriel Jesus. Abdoulaye Doucoure struck a late consolation but it wasn’t enough to unnerve the league leaders.
Pep Guardiola made wholesale changes from the victory over Bournemouth, including naming an entirely different back four, but if anything the rotation refreshed his side.
From the off, it was one-way traffic and Ben Foster was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers by some margin in the early stages.
First he had to deny Sane when he broke through on goal and tried to lob him, but he got a strong hand to it. Minutes later, he twice blocked efforts from Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva.
His first cross should have been bundled home by David Silva at the far post but was cleared thanks to an intervention from Christian Kabasele. So he tried again, whipping it again to the back post and there was Leroy Sane to cushion the ball past Foster into the net.
It was more of the same after the break and City doubled their advantage when some neat play between David Silva and Sane fed in Jesus, who crossed for Mahrez to sweep home unmarked at the far post.
Watford looked somewhat deflated after that second goal and the game turned into a mere training exercise.
Even despite the home side’s lack of fight, Jesus couldn’t make the most of two gilt-edged chances to break his goal drought and the Brazilian looked forlorn of confidence throughout.
Watford did get back into it late on, with Abdoulaye Doucoure bundling home from a teasing Gerard Deulofeu cross and the goal rattled the City defence, despite the Hornets barely being in this game.
But with Laporte coming on to shore up the defence late on, Guardiola’s men held firm to secure yet another victory.