Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails ‘extraordinary’ attack in 8-0 thrashing of Watford but still finds fl

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails ‘extraordinary’ attack in 8-0 thrashing of Watford but still finds fl
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Manchester City Voss Pep Guardiola was delighted with his side’s ruthlessness in front of goal and their intensity as they demolished Watford 8-0 on Saturday.

Having been beaten by Norwich last weekend, City took out their frustrations on Watford at the Etihad with a stunning display which saw when score five times inside the opening 18 minutes.

Ever the perfectionist, Guardiola was not entirely happy with the chances they allowed for the Hornets to get back into the game early on but praised his ‘extraordinary’ attack.

Pep Guardiola was pleased with the intensity shown by his side

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Pep Guardiola was pleased with the intensity shown by his side

He said: “Well it was a lovely day, a lovely result and a good performance but after 1-0 we gave them two chances to score two goals and they didn’t do that and then we did it.

“What can I say? Five shots on target and five goals. This is football. Last game we shot 15 against Norwich and we couldn’t score as much as possible.

“The quality we have upfront is extraordinary and that’s why we can do what we have done.

“I liked especially the second half because after 5-0 in this kind of game people start to think for themselves and don’t do what you have to do offensively and defensively.

“We spoke about that and why we should run more than necessary. We were more aggressive without the ball in the second half.”

Guardiola was able to rotate his squad, leaving the likes of Raheem Sterling on the bench and give some minutes to his fringe players in the second-half.

“Some players played for the first time like Angelino. We gave minutes after two seasons to (Benjamin) Mendy, which is good. Joao (Cancelo) for the first time and of course Eric (Garcia) because it is important for him to feel part of the group and play because we will need it because we have just two central defenders.”

Watford have had a torrid time against City since Guardiola took over as manager and have lost all eight of their meetings.

Manchester City embarrassed Watford at the Etihad

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Manchester City embarrassed Watford at the Etihad

The reigning champions have scored 35 goals in those matches, including the 6-0 defeat in the FA Cup Final in May.

It was a dismal day for Quique Sanchez Flores, in his second game since being reappointed Watford boss, and he admitted City did not give them time to get a foothold in the game.

He told talkSPORT: “We didn’t have time to know because we conceded the first goal in 30 seconds and the second in three or four minutes.

“We didn’t have time to know what happened.

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“They were more alive than us and they are more clever. If you want to win against Manchester City you have to play the perfect match and even to be a bit lucky because they are really good.

“They are one of the best teams in the world.

“It’s three points. Sometimes it hurts more when you have some options and you lose the match but in this we had no chance.”