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Five goals in the first 18 minutes set Manchester City on their way as they ripped apart a woeful Watford team to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points.
The city had already bounced back from last weekend’s humbling by Norwich with a clinical Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, but this was a timely reminder of their ruthlessness and attacking power.
Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick. Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995 remains the biggest victory in the Premier League.
Bernardo Silva headed the fourth and Nicolas Otamendi slid in the fifth. After the break City’s intensity eased but Bernardo Silva struck twice more and Kevin de Bruyne slammed in the eighth.
Manchester City did not just win this game, they brushed aside the bottom club Watford. But this was not just a gap in class, it was a gap in dedication and commitment of the players. Even at 5-0 up, City players chased the ball, hunted in packs and pressed. Their efforts were not lessened by the scoreline, whereas Watford loped around half-heartedly, scared of what might come.
City responded with a show of strength
Liverpool can restore their five-point advantage at the top of the table by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but this was a statement that City is still a force to contend with in the title race.
There will be bigger tests of their back-line, of course, and the way Otamendi went so weakly to the ground when Deulofeu ran at him was not exactly a reassuring sight.
But with City in this kind of form – even with the prolific Raheem Sterling left on the bench – there will be few teams who can live with them.
Bernardo Silva Says After the match results-
“Bernardo was on the pitch until he scored his first goal. That is not small on his performance just an indication of how the eye was incessantly drawn to the others as they initially took the plaudits. Bernardo though scored his first-ever hat trick as a professional footballer. he already played 170 matches. He celebrated slightly ashamed which required two stabs to get past the hapless goalkeeper.
Man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne
There were some excellent displays on the pitch by a number of Manchester City players who powered City to a record Premier League win. The difficulty is to select a single Man of the Match and it comes down to a straight battle between the hat trick hero Bernardo and De Bruyne.