“Foden’s Hat-Trick Propels Man City to Second place. Manchester City continued their charge towards the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over Brentford on Monday, extending their winning streak to seven consecutive league matches. Despite an early lead from Brentford’s Neal Maupay, City dominated the game and eventually broke through with two goals from Phil Foden and one from Bernardo Silva.
Brentford’s goalkeeper, Mark Flekken, put in a heroic performance with a string of stunning saves, but was ultimately unable to prevent City from claiming all three points. Foden, who scored a hat-trick in last year’s 6-3 victory over Manchester United, was again the star of the show, taking on the goal scoring responsibilities in the absence of the injured Erling Haaland. City’s victory puts them just two points behind league leaders Liverpool, with a game in hand and four winnable fixtures against lower-half opposition to come.
City’s dominance is now starting to take on an air of inevitability, with more and more observers predicting that they will go on to win the title for a fourth successive season. Manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Foden, calling him an “exceptional player” and noting that he has been instrumental in the team’s success this season.
Despite their defeat, Brentford can still take heart from their performance, with Maupay continuing his impressive form in front of goal and Flekken putting in a performance to remember. Regardless of the result, City’s victory once again showed why they are the team to beat in the Premier League, and why their dominance is unlikely to end anytime soon.