The first half was not vintage Man City. There were many chances missed, in particular by Sergio Aguero putting an easy header wide.
The build up play was slow and very predictable as City passed the ball from side to side, eventually trying to force a ball over the top of the defence.
However, Watford did defend deep and very well, as shown by the fact that Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu were on the bench.
The second half was much better from the home side as Raheem Sterling scored a controversial offside goal after just 46 minutes. Man City voted for VAR by the way…
Raheem Sterling then tapped home after some excellent work from Riyad Mahrez to make it 2-0. The 3rd goal was the pick of the lot as Raheem Sterling weaved in and out of the defence and lifted the ball over Ben Foster.
Watford grabbed a goal back after both Deeney and Deulofeu were brought on and combined for the goal.
It wasn’t vintage Man City but every win is so important and here’s how I rated the players:
Ederson - 6
I thought Ederson had a game of two halves, in the first half his passing did seem a bit wayward. However, in the second half he was back to his best and at one point I am sure he went for goal!
Kyle Walker - 6
Kyle Walker has a very nervy first few moments, as he got him self booked for two synical challenges on Issac Success. However, he was much more composed in the 2nd half as City exerted more dominance.
Vincent Kompany - 6
Calm and composed as the skipper always is. Was it a foul for the Watford goal? Perhaps. Nonetheless, he battled much harder when Troy Deeney was eventually brought on.
Nicolas Otamendi - 6
A tidy performance from the Argentine. He passed the ball well and won his headers countless times. He did switch off for the goal, but other than that he played well.
Oleksandr Zinchenko - 7
The Ukrainian showed his versatility as he switched into midfield countless times in the 2nd half. However, throughout the game he won many of his headers and as usual remained composed on the ball.
Ilkay Gundogan - 7
I was worried before the game because the Watford midfield of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue is powerful. But the German international remained clever both on and off the ball, winning his tackles and starting the City attacks well.
Bernardo Silva - 7
Does this man ever stop running? Honestly he is unbelievable, pressing the defence right until the end. Bernardo Silva is more than a workhorse, he is intelligent on the ball and is becoming so clever in his interceptions. Yes City will miss Kevin De Bruyne through injury, but it means Bernardo plays centrally again where he has been at his best!
David Silva - 7
David Silva had a slow first half but still got into the key position in the half spaces, despite it being limited. However, in the 2nd half he stepped up and was clever in the build up playing world class through balls, just like his assist for the 3rd goal. I also noticed he dropped deeper alongside Gundogan and seemed to dictate play better with more space.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Riyad Mahrez did not have the best first half as he gave the ball away too easily, and at times looked slightly predictable. However, like many others City players he stepped up in the 2nd half and looked sensitive if he belonged. He drove at the Watford defence and looked genuinely dangerous, included a clever run and pass for Sterling’s 2nd goal.
Raheem Sterling - 9 (MOTM)
Raheem is a special player and Man City fans are really lucky to have him. Again, he was ineffective against the Watford block in the 1st half but in the 2nd half he came to life. He attacked and drove at the defence as if he felt it was on him to make the difference. He certainly made the difference with 3 important goals.
Sergio Aguero - 6
Sergio Aguero worked so hard once again but sadly it wasn’t coming off for him. He missed an easy header in the 1st half and fired a good chance straight at Ben Foster. In the 2nd half he once again battled hard but it was Raheem Sterling that got into the goal scoring positions.
SUB: Leroy Sané - 6 (64’)
Leroy Sané has been one of the players off the boil in recent weeks. However, he made a few trademark runs that showed he could be back to being deadly once again.
SUB: Gabriel Jesus - N/A (80’)
He came on to add some much needed energy and provided that spark. He worked hard and had a chance fallen his way, perhaps he would have got a goal.
Phil Foden - N/A (90’)
Came on to gain some more minutes.