Manchester City entertained Watford at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to pick up a win in front of their home fans. The Mancunian giants made a bright start to the game and took the lead in the fourth minute courtesy of Gabriel Jesus’ tap-in from close range. Jesus doubled his team’s advantage in the 23rd minute with a good header. Hassane Kamara got a goal back for the visitors just five minutes later when he scored with a clinical finish. However, Rodri restored Man City’s two-goal lead in the 34th minute with a great strike as the home team went into the half-time break 3-1 up on the scoreline.
Jesus completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 49th minute before going on to score again just four minutes later. The contest ended with Man City securing an emphatic 5-1 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Man City player fared during the contest against the Hornets.
GK: Ederson – 6.5/10
The Brazilian keeper made one good save during the game but will be disappointed after conceding a goal in the first half.
RB: Joao Cancelo – 6.5/10
Cancelo got stuck in with some solid tackles and was lively in the opposition half.
CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10
He did what was required of him at the back and won a couple of aerial duels.
CB: Aymeric Laporte – 6.5/10
The Spaniard made a couple of important defensive contributions inside his half and was tidy with his passing.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7.5/10
He performed his defensive duties well and produced a bright display down the left flank. Zinchenko has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CM: Fernandinho – 7.5/10
The Brazilian talent anchored the midfield well and put in a good performance going forward.
CM: Rodri – 7.5/10
He made a couple of solid tackles and caused a few problems for the opposition defenders. Rodri scored a great goal in the second half.
RM: Gabriel Jesus – 10/10
The Brazilian attacker was unstoppable in the final third. He scored four goals that helped Man City earn a dominant win at the Etihad Stadium.
CAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5/10
The Belgian sensation created a handful of decent chances for others around him and ended the game with two assists to his name.
LM: Raheem Sterling – 7/10
Sterling made a few driving runs with the ball but didn’t do enough to score a goal.
ST: Jack Grealish – 7.5/10
He worked hard at both ends of the field and was a threat in front of the Watford goal.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5/10
Gundogan made a couple of inviting opportunities in the final third.
CB: Nathan Ake – 6/10
He added more bite and steel to Man City’s defence.
RW: Riyad Mahrez – 6/10
Mahrez had a couple of positive moments in the Watford half.