Manchester City put on a flawless display on Saturday in the FA Cup Final. The team ran riot towards victory in a match that turned out to be a Man City master class with the team going on to score goals at will in the second half.
From the outset this was always going to be an incredibly challenging match for Watford considering the poor form that they have had lately with multiple losses in the Premier League. It is fair to say that it would have taken something special for Watford to defeat the undisputed champions of England.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both scored twice as Man City went on to become the first team to win the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup in the same season. They certainly showed us all, as they became the first team to win 6-0 in an FA Cup Final since Bury beat Derby with the same score line in 1903.
In the early stages of the match Watford had their best chance when Roberto Pereyra forced a save by City goalkeeper Ederson close to the line. This was to be one of Watford’s only opportunities as City moved into their stride mid first half with goals being scored through David Silva and Gabriel Jesus to end the first half 2-0 to City.
In the second half, Man City’s dominance started to flow as they continuously countered with intent leading to a goal from Kevin de Bruyne from a Jesus assist and another goal for the Brazilian Jesus to complete his brace. With 10 minutes to play City once again upped their countering antics with Raheem Sterling having the final say scoring two late goals to close out the match in fine style.
What the team managers had to say
Man City boss Pep Guardiola:
“It was an incredible final for us and we have finished an incredible year. To all the people at the club, a big congratulations, especially the players because they are the reason why we have won these titles.”
Watford boss Javi Gracia:
“In this moment, everyone is really sad but we knew before the game we had to play the perfect game. We started well and we created the best chance after 10 minutes with Roberto Pereyra but after that they dominated.”
Even though the spectacle turned out to be a one sided affair, football was the winner at the end of the day and the Watford fans were magnificent, waving their flags in defiance as their team were dominated on the day.