Premier Cool Impact: Manchester City vs. Watford

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    #5 Majestic Raheem Sterling treble secured the points

    For the third successive gameweek, Manchester City ended the opening half without a goal to show for their sustained pressure. The Citizens needed someone to step up against a stubborn Watford side and Sterling took up the gauntlet by sealing a second-half hat-trick in City’s 3-1 victory. All three goals came within 15 minutes of the restart and took the attacker’s Premier League tally for the season to 15 goals in 27 appearances. He went off a few minutes after the hour to rapturous cheers from all corners of the Etihad Stadium.

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    #4 Creative Riyad Mahrez rewarded Pep Guardiola faith

    Having scored the winner in last week’s 1-0 triumph at Bournemouth, Mahrez was retained in the starting lineup at the expense of Leroy Sane, and the Algeria international was amazing. He combined his flair and trickery with exemplary vision to create huge opportunities for his teammates all game. Predictably, the wideman played a direct part in the second of Sterling’s goals and the assist was no less than he deserved. Following struggles through the winter, Mahrez now seems primed to have a strong end to the campaign. 

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    #2 David Silva was outstanding

    ‘El Mago’ was in imperious form against the Hornets, evidenced by his sheer excellence in fashioning out opportunities for himself and his teammates. The attacking midfielder created a glut of opportunities for the entirety of the encounter and it was no surprise he played a part in Sterling’s third, which was his sixth assist in the league this season. On another day, the Spaniard would’ve done better when a fine opportunity fell his way, but that shouldn’t diminish what was a brilliant outing for the playmaker.

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    #1 Everything flowed through orchestrator Ilkay Gundogan

    Still deputizing for the injured Fernandinho, the Germany international rarely put a foot wrong against Javi Gracia’s charges. He completed the most passes, created the joint-highest number of chances (alongside David Silva) and was unlucky to not record an assist as well. While many predicted the Citizens to struggle in the absence of their Brazilian midfield lynchpin, the performances of the German in front of the defence is dispelling initial doubts.