Manchester City vs. Huddersfield Town - Football Match Report

The eight-part series follows Pep Guardiola and his City team on their Premier League title-winning journey during the 2017-18 campaign.

Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick as Manchester City thumped Huddersfield Town 6-1 in their first Premier League home game of the season.

Man City dominated the game from the start and went close on several occasions as Huddersfield nearly sliced into their own net and David Silva was pulling the strings as per usual.

Now, at the start of the Premier League season, the little magician brought his son on to the Etihad pitch before their game against Huddersfield. The stats proved their greatness with 77% possession, 32 shots, and 707 completed passes.

And the rout continued when Hamer fumbled a routine Mendy cross and Aguero pounced, tapping in from six yards. His return couldn't have come at a better time, for City were reeling with the news that key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Terriers did manage to get among the goals themselves before half-time, with Jon Gorenc Stankovic netting from a Steve Mounie flick-on.

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"I thought to take Sergio off before the hat trick", Guardiola said, "but in the end it was ideal".

If that gave Guardiola something to ponder at the interval, it required just three minutes of the second half for Silva to restore City's three-goal cushion. Aguero and Jesus dropped deep to pull Huddersfield apart, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte spent more time in the opposition third than their own while both Silva stars picked and probed all afternoon.

Silva said City manager Pep Guardiola's understanding means he will be in "debt forever" to him.

The intensity of the game had been dropping, but City were still able to add a sixth goal before the full-time whistle when Kongolo diverted the ball into his own net after Hamer had saved Leroy Sane's close-range effort.

The striker met yet another risky left-wing cross from Mendy, twisting acrobatically to shoot across his body and into the goal from six yards.

The 25th-minute opener came from Ederson's 70-yard goal-kick as he spotted Aguero in a one-on-one situation, and City's all-time goalscorer stayed cool to chip past Ben Hamer.

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