Watford v Manchester City, 21 May 2017

Score5-0 to Manchester City
RefereeJonathan Moss
CompetitionPremier League
VenueVicarage Road
Attendance20,829
Kick-off: 3.00pm Manchester City were now unbeaten in the last 11 meetings in all competitions since March 1989 (won nine).

Goals:

Goals:

Vincent Kompany 5 G
Sergio Agüero 23 G
Sergio Agüero 36 G
Fernandinho 41 G
Gabriel Jesus 58 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes
Defender José Holebas
Defender Daryl Janmaat
Defender/Midfielder Valon Behrami
Midfielder Etienne Capoue
Midfielder Tom Cleverley
Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré
Midfielder Brandon Mason
Midfielder/Forward Nordin Amrabat
Forward M'Baye Niang
Forward Stefano Okaka

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Defender/Centre back Vincent Kompany
Defender/Left back Gaël Clichy
Midfielder David Silva
Midfielder Fernandinho
Midfielder Yaya Touré
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder/Forward Leroy Sané
Forward Sergio Agüero

Substitutions:

Andrew Eleftheriou for Daryl Janmaat 39
Troy Deeney for Nordin Amrabat 59
Dion Pereira for M'Baye Niang 74

Substitutions:

Jesús Navas for Leroy Sané 62
Bakary Sagna for Yaya Touré 63
Kelechi Iheanacho for Sergio Agüero 71

Cards:

Abdoulaye Doucouré 45 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin
Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon
Defender/Midfielder Juan Zúñiga
Midfielder Ben Watson
Forward Troy Deeney
Forward Dion Pereira

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn
Defender Bakary Sagna
Defender John Stones
Midfielder Jesús Navas
Midfielder/Forward Raheem Sterling

Comments:

Final league position 2016-17: 17th In manager Walter Mazzarri's final game in charge, this was Watford's heaviest home league defeat since a 1-7 loss to Swindon Town in Division Three (South) on 6 September 1951. This result equalled the Hornets' heaviest defeat in the Premier League (0-5 at Wimbledon on 4 December 1999 and 1-6 at Liverpool on 6 November 2016). José Holebas avoided becoming the first player to be shown 15 yellow cards in a Premier League season. Adrian Mariappa failed a late fitness test during the warm-up so, due to the extent of their injury problems, Watford's seven substitutes included two goalkeepers (Rene Gilmartin and Costel Pantilimon). Abdoulaye Doucoure was booked in the first minute of added time in the first-half. Watford manager Walter Mazzarri said: "I want to thank the fans because they were patient. They supported the players on the pitch. It was not easy. Look how many players were missing. When we had the full squad we were seventh, we reached 40 points with six games to go. We were missing six defenders today. This has never happened to me in my whole career. I had a lot of satisfaction in England this year. If there is a team that would make me competitive enough in the league I would consider staying."

Comments:

Final league position 2016-17: 3rd With a win that confirmed their qualification for the following season's UEFA Champions League, Manchester City had now lost one of their last 17 games in the Premier League. Gabriel Jesus had now scored seven goals in eight starts in the Premier League. Sergio Agüero became the fifth player to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons in the Premier League (also Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Harry Kane). Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said: "I was so happy with this season. We fought in all competitions and the only regret is that we did not fight until the end. We are so glad to be third because every season is tougher and tougher to reach the Champions League. The gap is too big so we need to play better, not work harder, to be closer to Chelsea and Spurs. This is one of the best groups I have coached. It has been a privilege to work with these guys."