Man City pass important test

Guardiola side get minimal away 2-1 against Watford which guarantees that City will remain top of the Premier League table. Man City coach made several changes in first 11 Delph played as left-back, Kompany, Stones as center-backs and Mahrez as right winger instead of Sterling. City started match actively with pressing Watford high to get ball quick and relying on attacks from the flanks and crosses to create chances which reminded Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. But first great chance came after Sane intercepted ball in the center of pitch and after quick run had one vs one against Watford goalkeeper Foster but his shot was saved. Couple minutes later Mahrez had big chance after Fernandinho through ball but again Foster saved Watford. Man City had interesting approach in terms of Bernardo Silva and Mahrez playing close to each other as two wingers from right side interchanging positions with one of them playing more inside. Watford attempts to play from back resulted in lost balls and dangerous situations which City failed to capitalize. After first 20 minutes game became more even and Watford even made some attacks after one of them Deeney had great chance his shot from six yard box was saved by Ederson. Between 20 and 40 minuted only chance that City had was when Gabriel Jesus get past Watford defender and shot from narrow angle. Score was opened after Mahrez cross which Sane ended scoring goal with his chest, that attack had another cross  from Mahrez right before goal which almost create big chance. After half time City scored second goal after Watford lost possession close to their box and Jesus pass from flank was scored by Mahrez. After second goal City controlled game and created numerous great chances that were wasted mainly by Gabriel Jesus. Guardiola was forced to change Kompany for Otamendi because of cramps. Only Delph mistake allowed Watford score goal, English international lost ball 25 meters from his goal and home side scored from cross after multiple deflections. In last 5 minutes Watford made numerous crosses from free kicks and corners which resulted only in header from Deeney that was saved without problems by Ederson. Guardiola will be disappointed that City were wasteful with their chances and relaxed after second which could cost them points, but fact that City were able to dominate away game against decent team without Aguero, De Bruyne, Sterling, Laporte and Mendy give City great prospects to defend the title.


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