Sergio Aguero got Manchester City back on track all by himself on Saturday as he scored five goals against Newcastle United in the space of 20 minutes in a game that ended 6-1. Newcastle have not started very well in this Premier League season, but they certainly were not expecting to be trounced by the Citizens in such a fashion.
The score was 1-1 before Kun Aguero began to completely undo the Newcastle back line, and before long it was 5-1. Aguero had jogged down to the corner flag five times before the 70th minute had arrived, and the Toon Army were completely shellshocked.
Aguero, as we have seen, is firing on all cylinders - and the scary part is that this time he has plenty of support. David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure have all started well this season and it inclines one to think that if Aguero is not the one scoring goals there are other names on that City team sheet that will not hesitate to step up and do it themselves.
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Just a week prior to this game Newcastle earned themselves a point when they drew 2-2 with champions Chelsea. The men from Tyneside are never a great sample size for any team's quality in the Premier League due to their constant inconsistency, but at the same time it seemed as if Aguero could have completed that five-goal haul against any side in the world.
This result makes a statement about Newcastle, but it also says a lot about City this early in the season. Though the men from Manchester's results have not been entirely consistent so far, they have recorded some crucial wins already.
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A 3-0 victory against Chelsea, as well as a huge away win in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach means that they are still very much in with a chance of qualifying from their group.
Each Premier League side in the Champions League has already been beaten after two match days, but in terms of results across all competitions City are only challenged by their noisy neighbours from Old Trafford. United lie in a similar spot in the table to City and both sides will be looking to pull away from the rest of the pack, but the defeat to Arsenal will be deflating for the Red Devils and City will march on.
There is a certain message sent around the league when you beat a team 6-1. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all played the same team and none of them were able to assert themselves on the game. Though the title race is still open, the Citizens seem to be in pole position after nearly two months of fixtures.
City are yet to play Arsenal and Manchester United, so it is yet to be seen how consistent their form against the other title challengers is. Judging by what they have produced so far, however, they could be hard to stop.