Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s players have nothing to prove after they returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a record 8-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
The reigning champions slipped to a shock defeat at Norwich City last weekend but were in sumptuous form against the Hornets, racing into a five-goal lead inside the opening 18 minutes.
Three more goals in the second half gave City their biggest ever top-flight win as they closed the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points, although Jurgen Klopp’s side do have a game in hand.
Some questioned City’s ability to win a third consecutive title after the defeat at Carrow Road, but Guardiola believes there has been an overreaction to that loss.
He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “Do you think after what these guys have done for two seasons they have to prove something?
“We listened after Norwich, but people don’t understand that we can lose games. Sometimes I am surprised that former players and pundits still don’t understand that.”
Eighters gonna eight.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 21, 2019
Bernardo Silva struck the first top-flight hat-trick of his career in the win and Guardiola was full of praise for the man he describes as last season’s stand-out performer.
“Bernardo was the best player last season,” he added. “He was extraordinary. I don’t think he needs to score three goals to get the credit he deserves.”
Watford, meanwhile, remain bottom of the league with just two points from their opening six games.
Quique Sanchez Flores, who returned to the club for a second spell ahead of last weekend’s draw with Arsenal, attributed the heavy loss to a litany of errors from his side.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “The result is very difficult [to take], but it’s the consequences of mistakes in different ways. All the goals we conceded came from different things and it’s difficult to play like this against Manchester City.
“We will take the best things from the Arsenal game and try to solve all the things from this game.”
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