Pep Guardiola believes what ultimately made the difference in Manchester City’s historic 8-0 win over Watford was the quality of his players.
The opening 18 minutes of the match was probably beyond even Guardiola’s wildest dreams as City stormed into a five-goal lead against Watford.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi all got on the scoresheet to practically already seal the victory. However, City refused to lower their guard and continued to chase for more goals.
After a few near-misses from Aguero, Bernardo Silva finally scored a sixth goal in the second half. He later slotted home a Kevin De Bruyne cross before the latter scored the eighth and final goal.
“When you shoot on target five times for five goals – the quality of players we had made the difference,” said Guardiola on the BBC.
“In the first minutes we gave them two chances to score two goals and they didn’t.
“What I like the most is normally when it’s 5-0 at half time the second half is not serious, it’s boring but we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half.”
Guardiola added: “People still don’t understand, journalists, pundits, former players, losing games is part of life.
“Opponents always deserve respect. The same feeling I have now I had after Norwich so it was not a bad performance. We can lose the games but the important thing is the approach and how we react.
“We are one of the best teams in statistics for having the least shots on target against us. We improved as we could have conceded two but we know the men up front we have a huge amount of talent.
City’s 8-0 win was also their biggest in the English top-flight in 125 years.
Bernardo Silva, meanwhile, also gave his reaction after recording his first-ever career hat-trick on Saturday.