English Premier League: Can anyone stop Manchester City?
Manchester City is running riot in the English Premier League. It has taken manager Pep Guardiola a year to get his tactics across. Now that he has, it doesn't look like anyone can stop the team.
Manchester City: An unstoppable force
Manchester City has truly been an unstoppable force in its last five matches. Guardiola's men have tallied 24 goals in five games, and the defense has conceded a mere two goals. Some may claim Manchester City's competition during that time hasn't been top-quality. But the team can only beat what has been put in front of them; and beat them, Manchester City have. Three different players have scored six Premier League goals (Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, and Sergio Aguero). Meanwhile, Leroy Sane has tallied four.
Manchester City's games over the last month and a half have looked like video game soccer. That is how dominant the team has looked. Even playing against the league's top sides, Liverpool and Chelsea, Guardiola's team has won. In the case of Manchester City's game against Chelsea, the Citizens dug in deep to produce a hard-earned 1-0 victory. The complete opposite of what it has done against the league's lesser clubs. If any team is going to stop Guardiola's side, then they will need to park the bus.
Who can stop Manchester City?
Manchester United look like the only side, or at least one of them currently, that can stop City. The Red Devils will get their chance on December 9th. While Manchester City has demolished the competition, United hasn't been quite so free scoring. That isn't to say the Red Devils haven't been securing points, because they have. Last weekend's 0-0 draw against Liverpool was a perfect example of how difficult Jose Mourinho's team is to beat. But it also showed the Red Devils aren't so attack-minded against the top sides.
Some may call Mourinho's team flat-track bullies, as the team managed just one shot on target against Liverpool. Defensively, Mourinho parked the bus against the Reds' potent attack. Despite being undefeated, United is still two points back of Manchester City.
Are Watford for real?
Watford has gone through managers like Italian owner Gino Pozzo goes through cappuccino. Relationships are short, and consumed quickly. Marco Silva was hired in the summer to change the team into a more attractive side. So far, he has worked his magic over the English side, and Watford sit fourth after eight games. The Hornets have lost just once under Silva, which is two losses fewer than heavyweights Chelsea and Arsenal.
The team isn't scoring a lot of goals, just 13; but it is keeping them out (13 conceded). Watford signed Richarlison in the summer, and the Brazilian has looked great. He has scored three goals and tallied one assist already. Watford doesn't have the quality to finish in the top four, or top eight for that matter, but the players are working hard. Combined with a young coach that is very good at his job, Watford could still be around fourth by Christmas. If it is, the team could bring in reinforcements for a second half of the season push for European qualification.