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Guardiola lauds Man City’s attacking ‘quality’ after 8-0 romp over Watford

Man City responded to their shock defeat to Norwich last weekend in the best possible fashion, thumping Watford 8-0 today at the Etihad.

The reigning Premier League champions flew out of the blocks, blowing Watford away by going five goals up within the first 18 minutes via strikes from David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, and Riyad Mahrez.

City rightfully showed an abject Watford outfit little mercy after the break, with Bernardo scoring another two to complete his hat-trick, before the ever impressive Kevin De Bruyne smashed home late on to complete the rout.

Speaking after the game Guardiola highlighted his sides clinical nature, while also rather bizarrely claiming that he feels the exact same after today’s game as he did after last weekend’s defeat in East Anglia.

“When you shoot on target five times for five goals – the quality of players we had made the difference. 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.

“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 have a huge amount of talent.

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