Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Ferran Torres after the Spain forward scored a hat-trick, securing the Premier League champion a 4-3 victory at Newcastle United on Friday.

City twice fought back from a goal down and extended the gap at the top of the table to 13 points. That was City’s 12th consecutive victory in an away league game – a record in English football.

Torres, who signed from La Liga club Valencia for 20 million pounds ($28.20 million) last August, scored once in the first half of the game and twice in the second, taking his total goal tally for City this season to 13.

Torres hat-trick powers Man City in record 4-3 win over Newcastle

“He was fantastic all season and an incredible signing for us,” Guardiola said of the 21-year-old. “He’s a young player and can play in three positions up front.

“He can make incredible runs in behind but maybe we…

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