Manchester City hit Watford for eight in English Premier League

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Manchester City really wanted to get the taste of a shock loss to Norwich last weekend out of its mouth.

This memorable victory came three days after a 3-0 midweek Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk. I would not like to see my team in the second half not run much because we are winning 5-0.

"We were ruthless in terms of five shots, five goals".

"Sometimes you shoot 15 times or 20 and can't do it".

"People still don't understand, journalists, pundits, former players, losing games is part of life".

"That is a lack of respect for our opponents".

A deflated Sánchez Flores apologised to the Watford fans for his side's dismal performance.

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They were 1-0 down after just 53 seconds, five down after 18 minutes and ended up lucky it was "only" eight against a City side who looked as if they would score every time they attacked. We made a lot of mistakes.

Pep Guardiola felt Man City's 8-0 thumping of Watford carried a touch of the weird and rejected claims he did not respect the opponents.

"He is well. After two years without playing, 45 minutes was enough", Guardiola said.

The record scoreline in the Premier League era (1992-present) is Manchester United's 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town on March 4, 1995. Within a minute David Silva had put the blues ahead, before Aguero converted from the penalty spot after Mahrez was brought down in the box.

The afternoon was reminiscent of last spring's FA Cup final, when City pounded Watford 6-0 to complete the first English domestic treble in history.

But what was a surprise was the way the Watford collapsed so quickly and meekly. After 5-0 the game is completely different. We didn't want them to hurt us or score past us.

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