Kompany, Aguero sticking with City

Ruben Hill
June 4, 2017

Guardiola's men will not have many easier afternoons, but this romp and a total of 15 goals in their past four games will only serve to underline how far they have underachieved in finishing XX points behind champions Chelsea.

But City boss Guardiola insisted: "They will be at Manchester next season".

But he spoke to Toure on the pitch afterwards and explained: "I said thank you for what he has done".

Guardiola is one of the most celebrated coaches in world football and joined City, when he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini last summer, with high expectations after success-packed spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"So at home, especially at home, we dropped a lot of points and we can accept that the opponent created two, three or four chances". "It's impossible to avoid that. We have to provide him with better solutions to not only score more goals, but he has done his job really well".

"Now we must reduce the gap to the elite in Europe and in the Premier League. If we don't, it will be the same".

The second goal that the Blues so richly deserved came after 23 minutes and again, De Bruyne was the architect.

The Blues were having a field day against a dispirited Watford side who had announced in midweek manager Walter Mazzarri would be leaving after this game and the contest, such as it was, effectively ended on 36 minutes with a goal as good as you'll see anywhere.

"I don't think there's any place for it (diving) in the game", Pulis said.

"We are going to make changes and, of course, a lot of players are going to remain".

Kompany was unmarked when he headed City into a fifth-minute lead, Aguero took his tally for the season to 20 in the league with a quickfire double, Fernandinho grabbed the fourth before half-time and Jesus hooked in number five after the break. It was apt that City presented him with a lifelong season ticket as a parting gift; here is a player who probably intends to use it.

Kompany added that the Premier League has been extra competitive this season and City have in fact done well, considering how Arsenal and sixth-placed Manchester United have struggled to secure a spot in Europe's elite club competition.

City have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games. "Football is like this".

This is the first time in Pep Guardiola's managerial career that he has failed to finish in the top two. "Kele - he didn't play too much because of my reasons - he has the quality, Sergio, there's no doubt about that; Gabriel there's no doubt about that. I'm happy and looking forward to next season".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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