Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City were worthy winners after our crucial 3-1 victory over Watford moved the Blues four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling grabbed a sensational second-half hat-trick, with his treble coming inside 13 minutes though his opener was the subject of controversy, being initially ruled out for offside before referee Paul Tierney awarded the goal after consulting with his assistant.

As he reflected on the win, the City manager insisted that ability rather than luck were the key factors in our victory. 

“We deserved to win by far. We were the better team on the pitch,” said the Blues boss.

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“It’s always so difficult to attack when they play so deep. There was a striker playing as a holding midfielder. It’s complicated with no spaces.

“But after the first goal it became easier.

“Most of the games we play are like this - so difficult because they are so organised. “We spoke at half-time: make more attacking movement.

“We did it and it was an incredible performance.”

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