Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has indicated it could have been 'lack of respect' for them to ease off against Watford despite taking a healthy lead after only 18 minutes at Etihad.
The defending Champions responded to their shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich in spectacular fashion, blanking Watford 8-0 at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
They took the lead in the first minute and were leading 5-0 as the clock hit the 18th minute, but did not slow down going into the second half.
Speaking after the match, a visibly satisfied Guardiola first seemed to take a swipe at the team's critics following their defeat away against the Canaries.
“Pundits, former players, they were there and they lose games and they make mistakes and say without respect for all players out there doing the best," he said.
“One of the things I like the most, the second half at 5-0, the team could think of themselves and not do what you have to defensively. But it was completely the opposite,"
“We were more aggressive in our high pressing. That is why the second half is more than decent, we score more goals and we play good,"
“I would not like to see my team in the second half not run much because we are winning 5-0. That is a lack of respect for our opponents,"
The win saw City cut Liverpool's lead at the top to just two points, even though the Reds have a match at hand.
They travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening in what is the highlight match of the weekend, with both sides having lost in midweek in the Champions League.