Manchester City grabbed their first win in seven matches in all competitions by defeating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
League leaders City were in a run of bad of form, having three draws and three losses in their last six matches. That all changed on Saturday as they got a much-needed win. Sergio Aguero scored twice in the first half to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at halftime. Ilkay Gundogan, who isn’t known for his goalscoring, scored twice in the second half as Cite kept their spot at the top of the Premier League standings. Manager Pep Guardiola was happy with the three points, but stressed just how tough the league is.
“The Premier League, my friends, is tough!” Guardiola said. “You are winning 2-0 and West Brom start to play their best football. They start to put in crosses and win second balls. The first hour we had controlled these kinds of things, and after that we cannot because the opponents are really good.
“After three draws and three defeats, we tried to win again and we have a little bit more than in the last games, in terms of being a group and being a team. After that, the quality of the players made the difference. We are so happy because we are still there and for our confidence it will be good.”
City takes on Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium. In their last meeting, Barca took a 4-0 win after a hat-trick by Lionel Messi.