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A City Fan’s Perspective: Final Day Demolition!

Great victory to end the season!

Watford v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Manchester City finished the Premier League season in third place thanks to a fantastic 5-0 victory against Watford on Sunday's finale.

Vincent Kompany opened up the scoring in the fifth minute, and Sergio Agüero followed the big Belgian with two goals of his own. Fernandinho scored in the 41st minute to give City a 4-0 lead entering the half, and Gabriel Jesus finished the Hornets off with a goal in the 58th minute.

Here’s an in depth look at City’s final match of the season.

Defense

Just like we saw in the matches against West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, Willy Caballero was left with little work to do on the day. City’s constant pressure moving forward didn’t allow Watford to make any progress in the attack. Caballero made two saves, and he held City’s clean sheet with ease.

The City back line looks much more comfortable as they grow acclimated to Pep Guardiola and his style. The duo of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi is continuing to impress with their ability to defend and attack, and they should be in line to start next seasonas long as they stay healthy.

Gaël Clichy didn’t play very well, and it’s clear City need improvement at the fullback position. With the rumored departures of Bacary Sagna and Clichy as well as the confirmed exit of Pablo Zabaleta, the full-back depth of the past is clearly absent now and signings are needed.

However, Fernandinho finally played well at right-back. Although he’s usually much more successful in midfield, Dinho bagged a goal in the 41st minute for the Citizens.

Midfield

City’s star midfield put on a show once again. David Silva dropped back with Yaya Touré into the holding midfield, and they held down Watford’s occasional pressure with ease and allowed the City attacking midfield to do the work for them.

Leroy Sané was the least productive of the attacking midfield trio, but he still bagged an assist before his substitution in the 61st minute. The others, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, really displayed their world class talent on the day. De Bruyne’s two assists confirmed him as the Premier League’s top goal provider with 18 assists this season, while Jesus scored a goal and assisted another.

City are proving to be quite the offensive force, with fantastic possession football and high pressure creating many great chances. There’s nothing left for City's midfield to prove at this point, and they’ve been the heart and soul of the Citizens this season. It should be the same thing next season.

Attack

Sergio Agüero was quite easily the man of the match. He finished his day off with two goals and an assist, and has proven himself to be a crucial member of the City squad after doubts circled around him earlier in the season.


City might not have won a trophy this season, but the players finally look like they’ve fully adjusted to Guardiola’s system. If City had played like this all season, then there’s no telling how high they could’ve gone on the table.