Torres hat-trick fires Manchester City to 4-3 win vs Newcastle: Maybe he can play as a striker, says Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise connected Ferran Torres aft the Spain guardant scored a hat-trick, securing the Premier League champions a 4-3 triumph astatine Newcastle United connected Friday.

City doubly fought backmost from a extremity down and extended the spread astatine the apical of the array to 13 points. That was City's 12th consecutive triumph successful an distant league crippled - a grounds successful English football.

Torres, who signed from La Liga nine Valencia for 20 cardinal pounds ($28.20 million) past August, scored erstwhile successful the archetypal fractional of the crippled and doubly successful the second, taking his full extremity tally for City this play to 13.

"He was fantastic each play and an unthinkable signing for us," Guardiola said of the 21-year-old. "He's a young subordinate and tin play successful 3 positions up front.

"He tin marque unthinkable runs successful down but possibly we person to commencement to deliberation astir if helium tin play arsenic a striker due to the fact that each clip helium plays successful that presumption helium has a consciousness for goal, a existent consciousness for goal."

Torres said helium is blessed with his show successful his archetypal play successful England.

"It's been a play of learning for me, the Premier League is simply a precise antithetic contention from what I was utilized to, it’s precise physical," helium said. "But I deliberation I person adapted precise good and I support improving each day."

Torres scored doubly successful 3 minutes from the 64th arsenic City fought backmost from 3-2 behind. City moved 13 points wide of second-placed Manchester United, which handed its neighbour the rubric by losing to Leicester successful midweek.

Newcastle, which is harmless from relegation, went up done Emil Krafth’s header astatine a country successful the 25th earlier Joao Cancelo equalized disconnected a deflected changeable that spun into the acold country from the borderline of the country successful the 39th.

Torres produced an awesome flicked volley successful mid-air 3 minutes aboriginal arsenic City moved up 2-1, lone for Joelinton to get fouled successful the country by Nathan Ake and particulate himself down to person the punishment past Carson successful first-half stoppage time.

Newcastle was awarded different punishment erstwhile Joe Willock was tripped by Kyle Walker and the fouled subordinate again took the spot kick. This time, Carson made the save, but the shot rebounded retired and Willock converted into an bare nett successful the 62nd.

Walker teed up Torres to equalize, and the winger was connected manus to volley the winning extremity precocious into the nett erstwhile Cancelo’s changeable came backmost disconnected the post.

“It has been an unthinkable week - we qualified for the Champions League, won the Premier League and I scored a chapeau trick. Very happy," Torres said.