Pep Guardiola called rampant Manchester City a “joy to watch” after his side ripped apart Watford in record-breaking fashion and racked up an 8-0 win.
Last weekend’s shock loss to Norwich is now far in the rear-view mirror, thanks to the midweek Champions League triumph at Shakhtar Donetsk being followed up by the club’s biggest ever top-flight victory.
Bernardo Silva’s hat-trick was complemented by efforts David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and star man Kevin De Bruyne as Watford fell to their heaviest ever league defeat.
The key to the victory was five goals in a remarkable 18 opening minutes and City eventually finished just short of Manchester United’s Premier League record 9-0 defeat of Ipswich in 1995.
“It is weird, it is not normal,” Guardiola said of his side’s start at the Etihad Stadium. “Five shots, five goals.
“In the same time we gave them two chances to score two goals that we were lucky in this time it didn’t happen when in the past it sometimes happened.
“But the quality of the players up front made the difference, so the quality that we have is a joy to watch.
“After 5-0, the game is completely different. Analyse after that, the mood one team, the mood the other team. The relaxation you play with, the tension they play with, so it’s difficult to say.
“We were ruthless in terms of five shots, five goals. Sometimes we shoot 25 times or 15 or 20 and you cannot do it.
“So, after the Champions League and a huge trip back home, no time to prepare, rest and everything.
“It was a lovely day for all of us, for our City fans, a lovely day in the sunshine and a lot of goals.”
Watford counterpart Quique Sanchez Flores understandably did not have anything positive to reflect on after City’s early gut punch left his side flailing.
“Well, first (we need) to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the time,” he said after his second match since returning to the hotseat ended in embarrassment.
“After 30 seconds, we realised it will be maybe tough. After 10 minutes, it was really very, very difficult. And after 15, it was impossible to play like this.
“If you say you are going to play against Manchester City and you are going make many mistakes, of course it will be very tough for us.
“We did in different ways. Not always the same.
“We concede the first five goals all in different ways, so it is probably because we were slowly or always behind the ball or the decisions of the players. We need to accept the situation.”