In a thrilling match on Monday, Phil Foden emerged as the hero for Manchester City, scoring three goals and leading his team to a 3-1 victory over Brentford. This crucial win brings Manchester City within striking distance of the Premier League leaders, Liverpool, as they now trail by just two points with a game in hand.
Manchester City's performance in this match marked their fifth consecutive victory in the 23rd round of fixtures, boosting their confidence as they chase the top spot in the league. Currently, Liverpool leads with 51 points, while Manchester City and Arsenal both have 49 points.
The Manchester City team, featuring Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva, is scheduled to make up their postponed fixture against Brentford on February 20th, providing them with an opportunity to gain more ground in the league standings.
The game initially seemed to favor Brentford, with French forward Neal Maupay opening the scoring in the 21st minute. However, the tide turned dramatically after Phil Foden's remarkable hat-trick, with goals in the 45+3rd, 53rd, and 70th minutes, crushing Brentford's hopes of securing a positive result.
For Manchester City, this victory holds special significance, considering that Brentford had been one of the few teams to defeat them multiple times in the previous season.
In the ongoing Premier League campaign, Brentford finds themselves in 15th place, maintaining a three-point cushion above the relegation zone. Unfortunately, their recent form has been less than favorable, with this match marking their seventh loss in eight games.