Manchester City's Fernandinho, centre celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal, during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Manchester City, at Vicarage Road, in Watford, England. Too inconsistent to maintain a convincing pursuit of Chelsea, City have underachieved in a manner that their owners can not have envisaged when they tempted the most coveted coach in Europe to Manchester and it felt deeply unsatisfactory that a club of their financial means arrived at Vicarage Road still unsure of their place in the top four. The 20-year-old has only made seven Premier League appearances but has six goals and three assists to his name.
"The best team in Europe will be at the Etihad next season". "I hope we can achieve our last target of finishing third and then Pep and the club will be in a position to make decisions about a lot of players". "It's impossible to avoid that".
"So we have to play a little bit better to create more chances to create more goals". "If we reduce that gap, maybe our gap against Chelsea and Tottenham will be short".
The midfielder's future at City looked bleak early in the 2016-17 campaign as he was frozen out by Pep Guardiola, but he regained his place in the first team and has cemented that role in recent months.
Guardiola's stamp was apparent for City's third, which arrived not long after following a meticulous counter-attacking move, David Silva finding the run of Leroy Sane, who was then able to cut a ideal pass back into the path of Aguero, who made no mistake with his finish.
The second goal that the Blues so richly deserved came after 23 minutes and again, De Bruyne was the architect. "Every year qualifying for the Champions League will be tougher and tougher, and we are there". So the difference between the crossbar and the goal is maybe centimetres.
Don't forget he inherited the vast majority of his squad this time, so now this summer I expect to see a few changes in there. The Citizens racked up 78 points after 38 games.
Guardiola still faces issues with his defence, which was evident when they failed to maintain a clean sheet against West Brom even as only three minutes remained on the clock. But he made 12 or 13 crossbars, a lot and that's not his mistake.
Before referees arrive to see a situation, the players are much, much faster, that is why they need technology.
Kompany, left completely free at a corner, headed home Kevin De Bruyne's cross for 1-0 in the fifth minute, and De Bruyne was also the provider for Aguero to slot home his first goal in the 23rd.