‘Incredible’: Guardiola Hails Hat-Trick Hero Aguero

Florence Fletcher
August 20, 2018

Manchester City midfielder David Silva marked his 250th Premier League appearance with a stunning free-kick against Huddersfield, but a special guest stole the show before the match kicked off.

Dominant from the first whistle, City were in a different league to Huddersfield, who struggled to deal with their adversaries all over the pitch, and some statistics to emerge from the game at the John Smith's Stadium just emphasise what a one-sided game it was.

The last time City beat Huddersfield at home in the league, in 1987, they scored 10 and after 35 minutes on Sunday the reigning champions were 3-0 up.

Speaking at a press conference, the City boss said: "We want to help the Premier League".

That strike enabled City to regain total control of the match and it led to a sustained period of possession, which was only broken up when Aguero sent a low shot from 20 yards off the inside of the post.

In last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth, Neil Etheridge became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty on his Premier League debut since Allan McGregor in 2013 by denying Callum Wilson from the spot - earning six points in the process.

Last year's home fixture against Huddersfield was a tough slog, with Guardiola's men narrowly edging out David Wagner's compact Terriers 2-1.

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David Silva! 4-1! Surely it's all over now!

Silva got a deserved goal just after the break, Aguero completed his hat trick form a Mendy cross before Terrence Kongolo's unfortunate own goal completed the rout.

Pogba's injury-time penalty, after Marouane Fellaini was brought down, came too late to matter.

De Bruyne's expected three-month absence is a blow but City once again proved they are far from a one-man team. After all, no player in Europe's top five leagues provided more goal assists.

"With the ball and without the ball, he is sharp and intelligent and, of course, his talent to score goals is always there". "When I read sometimes and watch sometimes it looks like we finished sixth or seventh and everybody did better than us".

Two wins from two at a canter for Guardiola's boys.

"Big congratulations to him", said Guardiola, reporting that Silva had overcome a slight knock that kept him out of the Arsenal match and was back in contention for Sunday's game.

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