Manchester City secure third place with first-half goal blitz at Watford

Pep Guardiola

GETTY Pep Guardiola will end the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career

City earned a third placed finish in the Premier League with the win over Watford and will go straight into the Champions League group stages next season.

City needed a point to be certain of finishing in the top four but any hint of final-day jeopardy evaporated when they saw Watford's team sheet.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will be at Manchester City next season despite speculation surrounding his future at the Etihad Stadium.

"[Aguero] will be here next season".

"So we have to play a little bit better to create more chances to create more goals. But he has done his job really well".

The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

The Argentina striker has endured one of his most hard seasons at City - he was even dropped at times with Guardiola wanting more from him - but he finished it with 33 goals in all competitions.

In its first season under manager Pep Guardiola, City didn't win a trophy but has achieved the minimum requirement of returning to the Champions League. But when you play for something on last weekend of the season it is complicated, there is always pressure, there is no second chance. "And in Europe we are happy to be directly in the draw".

However, this season's return conceals two awesome statistics surrounding De Bruyne with the attacking midfielder contributing 16 assists in the Premier League and having struck the woodwork nine times in league games alone.

Jesus, however, has attempted to develop a closer understanding in training during the last fortnight and the pair have also discussed how they can continue to work together.

"We are going to reduce the gap to Chelsea and Tottenham". For the club it is important. "At the end we will not be champions but today we qualified for the Champions League and that means a lot for the club, and next season we will come back stronger".

"I think we've got a manager who has come in with a very specific vision of how he wants the game to be played", Kompany told British media yesterday. They include Yaya Toure is and the midfielder was given a huge hug by the City boss when he was substituted in the 63rd minute.

"I don't know that it was that crucial", Kompany said of his header.

"But I'd say this: It's easier to play from the back now than it's ever been before, although the demand is obviously to play - nearly at every single occasion - from the back". "It was an outstanding performance this season".

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