Watford failed to secure Premier League safety as they fell to a crushing 4-0 defeat against Manchester City at Vicarage Road.
The visitors were unsurprisingly dominant from the outset, as they sought to manipulate a rigid Watford block through their attacking fluidity and the interchangeabiity of their front five. A deflected Rodri effort from distance was the only cause for concern for the Hornets early on, however, before Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with an emphatic drive from inside the area.
The England international then bagged a first-half brace after he converted the rebound from his initially saved spot-kick from Ben Foster.
City maintained their comfortable superiority at the start of the second period as the Hornets just about survived a barrage of sky blue attacks. The visitors soon grabbed their third though, as Phil Foden tapped home after some neat work from Kevin De Bruyne in the build-up before Aymeric Laporte converted from the Belgian’s free-kick to make it four soon after.
The Frenchman’s effort with over 20 minutes remaining certainly would’ve raised fears about the damage the visitors could inflict, but the Hornets were resolute up until the final whistle to keep the scoreline at 4-0.