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Pep Guardiola gives his verdict as Man City close in on Premier League title

Gabriel Jesus scored four goals as Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the table by thrashing Watford 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring their side's fifth goal from a penalty during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images,)

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sounded the rallying cry to his title chasers and they ticked off another hurdle in their defence of the Premier League trophy.

Gabriel Jesus scored four goals as Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the table by thrashing Watford 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Brazil forward struck twice in the first half and then completed his first Premier League hat-trick from the penalty spot before notching a superb fourth to put City 5-1 up in the 53rd minute.

Jesus’ first-half double set City on their way and although Hassane Kamara reduced the deficit for Watford, Rodri smashed home City’s third before the break.

Pep Guardiola’s side extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches to move four points clear of Liverpool, who play Everton at home in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

"The situation hasn't changed today. We have to win all the games to be champions. We have five left," said Guardiola.

"They're difficult ones because they're mixed in between the Champions League, but it's a pleasure and I'm so proud again to be here.

"Every team, except maybe four or five in the middle of the table, is playing for something. Watford is one of them but we started really well. We didn't defend well in some part of the game, because of the physicality, but it was a really good result.

"Tonight I'll go home. We play on Wednesday so I'll start to think about Real Madrid. Tonight I'll watch some minutes from some games I want to watch, and that's all.

"The victory against Brighton gave us the opportunity to play another 'final' today, and the victory today gave us an opportunity to play another final against Leeds between the Madrid games. It's no more complicated than that."

Guardiola reserved special praise for Jesus, as his Brazilian forward went goal crazy at the Etihad Stadium.

"In this world of football, if there's one person, one player who deserves the best in life, it's Gabriel," he added.

"He fights for every single ball and helps the team all the time. One day I'll have to ask him to play at right-back, and he's going to give absolutely everything.

"It's not necessary for him to score four goals to know exactly how important [he is], and what he means to all of us. But when he can score four goals, like today, as a striker, all of us are incredibly delighted and happy for him."


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