Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for Manchester City to help the reigning champions secure a comfortable 6-1 win against Huddersfield on Sunday, at the Etihad stadium.
After a disappointing World Cup campaign, the 30-year-old Argentine came back with a statement-performance to score his 9th Premier League trio that puts him level with former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, but still behind the all time top hat trick scorer Alan Shearer (11).
The highlight of the game came in the 25th minute when City’s goalkeeper Ederson produced an incredible goal-kick for Aguero, who received it with confidence, took on the Huddersfield defence and cleverly chipped it into the goal over the head of goalkeeper Ben Hamer, from 21 yards.
Six minutes on, City increased the score with a Gabriel Jesus goal, after excellent link-up play with French fullback Mendy in the build-up to his sharp left-footed finish.
The hosts kept taking advantage of Huddersfield’s shaky defence, while making use of their own lethal attack line and added another goal to their tally, when Aguero tapped in a rebound inside the penalty box.
Although the game appeared to head in one direction, David Wagner’s side managed to decrease the score margin when Slovenian defender Jon Stankovic found himself unmarked by the City defence and converted a long throw in. Score 3-1 to Manchester City at half-time.
In the second half, Pep Guardiola’s men showed why they are favourites to win this season’s title, as they presented an excellent second half display with David Silva scoring a free kick that curled over the Huddersfield wall and into the top right corner of the net. The 32-year-old Spaniard dedicated his season opener to his baby boy Mateo, who was fighting for life due to a premature birth.
The pressure piled on the visitors who gave away 77% of the possession to City, who scored a fifth from Aguero’s third goal of the match. The club’s all time top scorer was rewarded with a standing ovation from the City stands, as he was substituted for Leroy Sane.
As reported by Reuters, Guardiola was full of praise on Aguero, saying, "I thought to take Sergio off before the hat trick… but in the end it was perfect.”
City’s continued hard work was rewarded with a sixth goal from an error made by Huddersfield defender, Terence Kongolo, to see them climb to the top of the league table in as little as the first two opening games.
In his post-match press conference Guardiola said he was delighted with the overall team work and said, "(I'm pleased) with the three points, the way we played… We started better than last season. We made a good performance in 90 minutes."
After losing to Chelsea and City, Huddersfield is expected to try and turn things around in time for their third game of the campaign against Cardiff City at home, on August 25th.
As for the defending champions, they are travelling to Wolves on the same day, in the hope of a continuous positive run.