Manchester City produced their biggest ever Premier League win with an 8-0 drubbing of Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side became the quickest side to take a 5-0 lead when they produced that scoreline in the opening 18 minutes.
The Citizens appeared to ease up on Quique Sanchez Flores’ side thereafter, not scoring their six until after half-time. It was 7-0 on the hour mark, within two goals of Manchester United’s Premier League record 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town in March 1995.
However, the defending champions only added one more goal to the tally.
Sergio Aguero’s seventh-minute penalty was the only goal that Manchester City’s all-time top scorer scored, making it 2-0 at the time after David Silva’s opener on 52 seconds. Riyad Mahrez made it 3-0 on 12 minutes before Bernardo Silva scored three minutes later.
Nicolas Otamendi made it 5-0 with City’s final goal of the first half. Portuguese star Bernardo Silva scored his second of the game shortly after half-time and completed his hat-trick on the hour.
Kevin De Bruyne scored the game’s final goal on 85 minutes.
This was only Flores’ second game back in charge of Watford after last weekend’s comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal. He won’t be under any immediate pressure but with his club propping up the table he will need to bounce back in the coming weeks.