Ferran Torres scored his first Manchester City hat-trick as the Premier League champion beat Newcastle United 4-3 to claim an English record 12th consecutive away league win on Friday.
With Pep Guardiola’s City having already bagged the title and Newcastle safe, there was nothing riding on the fixture but it served up some rich entertainment with Spaniard Torres especially enjoying himself at St James’ Park.
“Incredible numbers and goals in his first season in the Premier League,” Guardiola said of the 21-year-old signed from Valencia for 20 million pounds ($28.20 million) last August.
“He is so young and clinical. He is a guy brought as a winger but maybe we have to think as a striker.”
Twice City had to come from a goal down as they extended the gap at the top of the table to 13 points.