Manchester City has suffered a lot the last weeks with the whole TAS issue and the criticism received by all Premier League teams for not complying with the Financial Fair Play sanctions. In addition, the weekend, the team led by Guardiola was out of the FA cup after falling to Arsenal de Arteta 2 goals by 0.
With all these penalties came the match against the Watford team that took Liverpool unbeaten and struggles for not to descend from the Premier League. Guardiola, faithful to his policy of rotations after the return of the Premier, introduced several new features: he gave David Silva, Mahrez, Mendy and Gündogan to give entrance to Bernardo Silva, Foden, Rodri and Cancelo. The entry of this last one as a left-back, was the great surprise.
There really was no game, it was more a practice to show off Sterling who got the first goal of the game at 31 minutes into the game when he intercepted a pass in the area that was not for him and he nailed it at an angle. Sterling also made the second goal causing a clear penalty, missing it, but catching the rebound. 2-0 in the first half that could have been so many more.
In the second half, the dominance of City continued and Guardiola made 3 changes, inside John Stone, Mahrez and Zinchenko and outside Sterling, Laporte and Walker. The rotations did not change the team’s performance and Foden scored the third goal after Sterling’s shot was rejected. The fourth and last goal was the work of the central Laporte who managed to finish off a free kick from his team.
It was a game without significance for City but it serves to regain sensations for the Champions League match where it will receive the Spanish league champion for a place in the Champions League quarterfinals.