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Manchester City a "joy to watch" against Watford - Guardiola

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The midweek Champions League triumph at Shakhtar Donetsk was followed up by the club's biggest ever top-flight victory.
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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."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed his side's performance against Watford (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola's men had 28 shots against the Hornets, whose hopes of exacting revenge for their 6-0 FA Cup final shellacking looked unlikely when David Silva opened the scoring after 52 seconds.

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.

Watford's manager Quique Sanchez Flores, left, was struggling to take any positives from the heavy defeat (Martin Rickett/PA)

"It was very difficult to be on the pitch today.

"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."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal84311311215
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
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9Bournemouth93331313012
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
11Aston Villa93241513211
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
13Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
14Everton9315813-510
15Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
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