September 16, 2017 / 6:16 PM / 7 days ago

Aguero hat-trick a timely reminder of his class

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford vs Manchester City - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - September 16, 2017 Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their fifth goal to complete his hat-trick REUTERS/Darren Staples

LONDON (Reuters) - Sergio Aguero sent a reminder of his class with an “amazing” hat-trick as Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League and sent an ominous warning to their title rivals with a 6-0 victory at Watford on Saturday.

Aguero’s 10th hat-trick in City sky blue took his goal tally for the club to 175 - two fewer than all-time top scorer Eric Brook - but incredibly his future at the Etihad had been questioned following the emergence of 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus.

The talented Brazilian, who joined the club in January leading many to doubt whether the two could both play in Pep Guardiola’s fluid system.

Jesus has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League games including one in the rout at Watford.

However, the Argentine has six goals in as many games in all competitions this season, and has formed a lethal partnership with Jesus to catapult the red-hot blues to the Premier League summit.

“Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves - he is amazing,” Guardiola told the BBC.

”I am especially happy for his third goal because he was so clever and fast in the box and has the power to beat one or two players and score. I am so happy for him because we need him and his goals.

”It’s important for us that both our strikers are scoring goals. When Gabriel came last season we cannot forget he had just seven or eight games because he was injured immediately.

”We scored a lack of goals last season so we thought that maybe they should play together because Gabriel, when he came, was also striker.

“He’s a fighter and he helps us in many many ways. He has a goal scoring sense. Today, he fought for one goal and scored another one.”

City have 13 points from five games and this week beat title rivals Liverpool 5-0 and Feyenoord 4-0 in the Champions League.

Guardiola, however, was quick to call for calm after a similarly impressive start last season ended trophyless.

”We started last season similarly winning 10 games in a row. We’re still at the beginning of the season but we know exactly what we have to do.

“This kind of performance, and the way we played, is completely down to the quality of the players. We can win at home, away - it doesn’t matter where. We play football to attack and we did that today.”

Reporting by Tom Hayward, editing by Ed Osmond

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