Leading Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier was at a loss over Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford, after the Hornets were thumped 8-0 away to Manchester City on Saturday.
Flores’ side travelled to the Etihad Stadium a week after fighting back from 2-0 down at home to Arsenal to take a point, in a game the Vicarage Road natives could arguably have won had their attacking options displayed a greater sense of accuracy with their efforts.
At the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, however, the sheer gulf in class between the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Watford saw Flores’ men over ran and outdone, with an early onslaught leaving the visitors out of breath.
David Silva opened the scoring inside the first minute for Pep Guardiola’s Citizens, before goals by Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi swiftly followed.
Portuguese midfielder Silva later struck twice in the second half to secure his hat-trick, while Kevin de Bruyne rounded out the scoring in the 85th minute, with the Belgian lashing what was City’s 25th shot of the game, five-times the amount recorded by Watford in total according to WhoScored.
The early offensive blitz by City took the wind from underneath Watford’s wings in the eyes of Le Tissier, who claimed while analysing the game on Soccer Saturday (September 21, 17:14): “Watford were at sixes and sevens [during the opening 18 minutes]. They couldn’t get their breath in between each goal, and they didn’t know how to organise themselves to stop the flow of what City were doing. It was incredible.
“I just thought they were blown away so early on in the game, that it took all of their enthusiasm for that match away in the first eighteen minutes. And when you’re five-nil down after 18 minutes, I don’t think it ever happened to me in my career, but I can only imagine what is going through your head as a visiting player.
“You are just praying for that clock to tick over very quickly, or the manager to substitute you because, at that point, you go ‘thank the lord for that’.”
An early onslaught like City’s would be enough to derail the spirits of any side, no matter what their ambitions were going into the game.
Watford did not embarrass themselves in the magnitude of the defeat, either, but Flores and his men were issued with a reality check after their comeback against Arsenal and why they are winless this league season.
Failing to keep City from getting into goalscoring positions and errors throughout was the message screamed from the Hornets’ display, firstly by goalkeeper Ben Foster when he conceded a needless penalty before abysmal marking at a corner allowed Silva to nod home his first of the day.
Flores will now have to lift the spirits of his players before the Hornets play more winnable games than against the reigning champions, with Championship side Swansea City first up in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
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