Guardiola: Manchester City showing quality similar to former clubs

Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick as free-scoring Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League with an irresistible 6-0 victory over Watford on Saturday.

But, with United not playing until tomorrow, City have a chance to leapfrog their local rivals.

Guardiola is certain that his team have all the talent necessary to take on anybody, but feels that getting the mental side of their game right is the key. "We have found our game, we can make short passes and we have a lot of energy from our full-backs".

This time Liverpool were their victim, as they held the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, after holding Spurs and beating Chelsea earlier in the season.

Watford have kicked off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a bang, and a lot of it is down to defensive solidity that has been apparent for everyone to see under Marco Silva.

With the score still 0-0, Sterling was also the recipient of a delicious through ball from De Bruyne and a goal seemed certain before Kabasele made an excellent last-ditch intervention.

Having struggled at times last season, Aguero appears to have been revitalized by his partnership with Jesus and was at his predatory best as he completed the sixth Premier League hat trick of his career. Man City can bring on midfielder Leroy Sane just as defenders are tiring, which spells trouble for opponents.

But while Guardiola says he is pleased with his team's performances in recent weeks, he is demanding more consistency from his chargers. I am so happy for him because we need him and his goals.

"In this situation, the teams I left at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and the other big teams, like Madrid, and Juventus - a game every three days - they are there".

He added: "On Saturday, it's still important that everyone keep their feet on the ground". His men will have to be at the top of their game throughout the match in order to get all three points.

For Watford, there was little to be cheerful about, their sub Etienne Capoue really should have scored with a close range header not long after coming on with 20 minutes remaining, but they could have no real complaints about the result.

Roy Hodgson's first game as Crystal Palace managed ended in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and lumbered the Eagles with another unwanted record.

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