21st September 2019- Premier League, Manchester City 8 Watford 0

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: 54,273

Match Report: Defeat At The Etihad

Sánchez Flores: “We Say Sorry To The Fans”

Lowlights: Man City 8-0 Watford

Mariappa: “We Need To Show Our Togetherness & Character”

Watford concede eight away against Manchester City.

Watford fall to eight-goal defeat at hands of Manchester City

Quique Sanchez Flores thinks Watford defeat to Manchester City damages his reputation

Quique Sanchez Flores wants Watford to remove bad Manchester City memories

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster expects Manchester City to score 10 after ‘no fun’ loss

Manchester City scored five goals in a devastating opening 18-minute spell as they responded to their shock defeat at Norwich with an 8-0 demolition of Watford on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot to clinch their biggest league win since he took charge in 2016. They also hit the woodwork twice and continued to chase further goals until the end, but a record victory eluded them.

Watford’s heaviest ever defeat in English league football – at the hands of an irresistible Manchester City – prompted harsh words from pundits, their own players and manager.

Quique Sánchez Flores took out Christian Kabesele and Andre Gray for Dimitri Foulquier and Adrian Mariappa, the manager perhaps wishing he had the roughhouse qualities of the injured Troy Deeney to give Otamendi and Fernandinho a differing challenge to that of Shakhtar Donetsk, whom City coasted past to a midweek 3-0 Champions League win.

There must have been moments out there when Quique Sanchez Flores will have wondered what he might have been doing this weekend had he not taken the call from Watford owner Gino Pozzo earlier this month: sitting on a beach, meeting old friends, undergoing painful dental surgery.

Ben Foster was trying his best to communicate, trying to funnel messages through to his Watford team-mates, anything that might help to slow momentarily the siege but it was a futile exercise. 

When I sent out the e-mail to our group asking who wanted tickets for this game, I couldn’t help noticing that there were more apologies for absence than usual.  I can’t say that I blamed them as the memory of the cup final is still rather raw and, given our start to the season, this was not a game that I was looking forward to.

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