Sergio Aguero set a new record and Bernardo Silva grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City brutally thrashed a sorry Watford 8-0.
Premier League champions City came up with the perfect response to last weekend’s terrible defeat to Norwich City by putting eight past Watford. It’s the club’s biggest win in the English-top flight in 125 years.
David Silva started proceedings at the Etihad Stadium by scoring a first-minute opener. Aguero then put away a penalty just six minutes later to become the first Premier League player to score in his opening six games of a season.
But Pep Guardiola’s side were far from done as Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick quickly made it 3-0 in the 12th-minute. Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi then got on the scoresheet to put City five goals ahead after just 18 minutes.
While things did gradually calm down, Aguero was unlucky not to get a treble after twice hitting the woodwork.
However, Bernardo Silva still had plenty left in the tank and proceeded to score his first career hat-trick in the second half.
The Portuguese playmaker collected David Silva’s pass to slot the pass past a helpless Ben Foster in the 48th-minute. He then prodded home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross at the back post to complete his hat-trick on the hour mark.
De Bruyne then capped off another impressive afternoon by scoring City’s eighth and final goal.
“We were unbelievable in the first 30 minutes, scored lots of goals and had control,” Bernardo Silva told BBC radio.
“After the Norwich defeat, it was great to give our fans the result and the performance.
“We aimed to keep it going in the second half. We didn’t want them to hurt us or score past us.
“Football is a hard game – I’ve won 8-0 today but I’ve lost plenty of times by five or four goals. You just have to keep going so I wished the Watford players well.
When asked what he will do with the match ball, the 25-year-old replied: “I’m going to get all the players to sign my ball and then I’ll take it home to Portugal and keep it in a special place…”
City, who have become only the seventh team to record an eight-goal margin victory in the English top-flight, have moved up to second place in the standings.