Manchester City vs. Watford - Football Match Report

Elena Summers
March 10, 2019

The latest example of his quality came with an incredible 13-minute hat-trick against Watford.

Sterling completed his treble with a smart finish, but the way the England worldwide opened the scoring brought with it the Premier League's latest offside controversy.

Following prolonged discussions between the match officials, the goal was awarded despite Sterling being in an offside position when Aguero touched the ball into his path, because Janmaat played it against the England winger's shin for the ricochet into the net.

In April past year, Premier League clubs voted as a whole to continue "advanced testing" of VAR rather than implement it in the Premier League for 2018/19, but Guardiola said City had backed the technology - and added that if others had agreed, it could have ruled out Sterling's goal if it was wrongly awarded.

"My first comment is we won because we deserved to win by far". If it is not good then OK, we will accept it.

"No, I didn't hear what (the referee) was saying but at the time I didn't think I was offside, so I was hoping he did have a long think and give us the goal and that's exactly what he's done", Sterling said.

"I spoke with the players and they know how tough it will be".

Il Giornale journalist Luigi Guelpa told Radio CRC that Guardiola had verbally agreed a four-year deal to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the Allianz Stadium from next season. "We got it and it kick-started our game".

Manchester City are the subject of a fourth investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing, with the Premier League joining FIFA, UEFA and the Football Association in probing their transfer dealings.

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"If City stretch that out any more, it's probably not going to be doable for Liverpool".

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Burley believes Liverpool are at a disadvantage as they play the day after Pep Guardiola's side hosts Watford (5.30pm).

Even the opponents [play] for many, many things, not just for the Premier League or to get into Europe.

"I am not going to Juventus in the next two seasons".

Watford did find some consolation with a goal of their own in the 66th minute courtesy of Gerard Deulofeu, 3-1.

"It is hard to understand why we changed so much from the first half to the second".

After that, we have the global break and we come back and it will be "guys, one month and a half" and let's go.

Sterling's first goal - more on that below - was undoubtedly a moment of game-changing fortune. Today, it was really hard and it will be a hard run-in but we're focused.

"That decision, I think everybody could see what happened".

"I said last season I trust a lot what the club has done because I know them".

"In my opinion it's clear, but we try to compete until the end and it's all I can say".

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