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WATCH: Man City scores five times in first 18 minutes

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What a start. Emphasize it, bold it, underline it.

Manchester City scored five goals in the first 18 minutes of play on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, relegating Watford to also-ran status before the match was a quarter finished.

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It took 54 seconds for De Bruyne to assist David Silva with an outstanding opener, but Gerard Deulofeu nearly answered when he danced around Nicolas Otamendi to force a conceded corner out of Ederson.

Silva, marked for Inter Miami in a mid-week report, was the finisher for the 55th time in his Premier League career and 72nd for his club.

Ben Foster then gave away a useless penalty when he slapped a through ball out of bounds before felling Riyad Mahrez for an easy penalty. Aguero stepped to the spot calm as you like and dispatched the No. 2 to the scoreboard.

That was hardly the end to Watford’s woes, as Mahrez dazzled with a dribble through the heart of the field to earn a free kick atop the 18. There was only one destination, given the series of events. 3-0.

Bernardo Silva then got in on the act, when Otamendi nodded a De Bruyne corner to the back post for a prone finish and 4-0.

Not to be outdone, Otamendi was back post for a finish of his own, giving City its fifth goal off an Aguero assist.

Report: Man City’s David Silva in ‘likely’ Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

[ MORE: Man City bests Shakhtar ]

David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

Man City batters Brighton, loses Laporte

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Manchester City smashed Brighton and Hove Albion, but will be on pins and needles over an injury to one of its very best.

Sergio Aguero scored twice and David Silva had two assists in the 4-0 defeat of the Seagulls at the Etihad Stadium, but Aymeric Laporte was stretchered off the pitch.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva also scored for City, who will enter the international break no lower than second on the table while boasting the league’s best goal differential (10).

Brighton dips 15th with four points and a minus-2 goal differential.


Three things 

  1. Laporte’s injury looms — City cruised to victory, but Laporte’s departure via stretcher threatens to overshadow the easy win. Perhaps no City player is more important to Pep Guardiola‘s system.
  2. David Silva’s class is permanent — Perhaps it would be easier to talk about Sergio Aguero still scoring goals for fun at age 31. But Silva is two years older and in his last season at the Etihad Stadium, and has two assists in each of his last two matches.
  3. The brilliant behind Mat Ryan angle of Sergio Aguero’s second goal begs you to imagine stopping it.

Man of the Match: Aguero — See above.


City needed 71 seconds to go ahead, with David Silva bursting toward the goal and cutting back for De Bruyne to zip into the goal.

Their momentum was flummoxed by the scary injury to Laporte, but Aguero settled the nerves before halftime.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

He’d add a third off another David Silva feed, and Bernardo Silva scored mere moments after joining the match. The 78th minute sub scored a 79th minute goal to make it 4-0.

Guardiola marvels at David Silva’s on milestone day

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Manchester City toppled Bournemouth in expected fashion on Sunday, a 3-1 win about as comfortable a 2-goal win as you’ll find in the top flight.

The cozy result was nice as it allowed a bit of focus on one of City’s all-time heroes: David Silva.

[ RECAP: Bournemouth 1-3 Man City ]

The Spaniard made his 400th appearance in a City shirt on Sunday, recording two assists and serving another reminder of his status as an all-time great in what will be his final season with the Etihad Stadium set. From the BBC:

“He played incredibly well. David in this kind of game, with a defense so deep and with such few spaces, is so good. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen.”

Silva also set up Sergio for his 401st career goal after KDB did the same for 400. It was a big number on the day

Guardiola had a succinct-enough quip for City’s status two points behind Liverpool after three weeks.

“We have seven points. We should have nine, but it’s okay.”

Old guard leads Man City past Bournemouth

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David Silva had two assists and Kevin De Bruyne made history as Manchester City beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

De Bruyne cued up Sergio Aguero’s first of two goals, becoming the fastest player to 50 assists in Premier League history. He beat Mesut Ozil‘s record by 18 games.

City sits two points behind Liverpool. Bournemouth remains on four points.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ] 

Raheem Sterling scored as well, his goal and Aguero’s second set up by Silva in his 400th game with City.

VAR again failed to award a clear penalty to a player from Manchester this weekend, as a stamp on the foot was somehow adjudged not to be a chance for City to strike from the spot.


Three things we learned

  1. Back to business — Credit Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe for trying to take the game to Man City whenever possible, but City passed its test after a dominant, infuriating draw with Spurs last week. Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were on point, and Pep Guardiola did it without (much of) a hammer, using Ilkay Gundogan instead of Rodri or Fernandinho.
  2. Liverpool scores versus City — Kinda. Loanee Harry Wilson has starred at Derby County and now Bournemouth, and his tremendous free kick goal showed just how deep Liverpool’s attack is to not require his services.

3. Gutting injury for Cherries — Charlie Daniels had only just returned from an awful left knee injury and left this one with an injury to the same knee. Stretchered off the field and shown on crutches afterward,

Man of the match: Aguero.


Both teams took yellow cards early, including one to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for racing 40 yards to foul Callum Wilson.

Moments later, City were in front through Aguero. Kevin De Bruyne became the fastest player to 50 assists in Premier League history on the marker, fluffing a shot that Aguero spun past 21-year-old Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] 

It was 2-0 when Silva clipped a ball to Sterling for his seemingly weekly goal.

That’s when Wilson hit his delightful free kick. The Cherries never really felt a danger to get a result, but there was probably a moment’s trepidation for City supporters.

Silva then further celebrated his 400th appearance for City by dribbling into the box and finding Aguero for a classic, clinical finish.