London - Manchester City powered to their record Premier League win as the
champions scored five times within 18 first half minutes of an
incredible 8-0 thrashing of Watford, while Leicester enjoyed a
VAR-assisted 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.
Inspired by Bernardo Silva's hat-trick, Pep Guardiola's side ripped
woeful Watford to pieces at the Etihad Stadium, eclipsing a 7-0 success
against Norwich in 2013 which stood as their previous biggest top-flight
Although City fell one goal short of equalling the biggest Premier
League margin of victory - Manchester United's 9-0 demolition of
Ipswich in 1995 - their swaggering display was the perfect way to erase
the bitter taste from last weekend's shock defeat at Norwich.
Second-placed City move to within two points of leaders Liverpool, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
"When you shoot on target five times for five goals - the quality of players we had made the difference," Guardiola said.
"What I like the most is normally when it's 5-0 at half time the
second half is not serious, it's boring but we did the opposite and we
were more aggressive and made a very good second half.
"People still don't understand, journalists, pundits, former players,
losing games is part of life. We can lose the games but the important
thing is the approach and how we react."
City had crushed Watford 6-0 in last season's FA Cup final and they
picked up where they left off at Wembley by ending the match as a
contest less than halfway through the opening period.
David Silva tapped home the opener seconds after kick-off, before
Sergio Aguero coolly doubled their lead from the spot six minutes later.
Making light of winger Raheem Sterling's absence, they made it three
in the 12th minute when Riyad Mahrez's free-kick hit Tom Cleverley in
the head and deflected past Watford stopper Ben Foster.
Bernardo scored his first of the game in the 15th minute and Nicolas
Otamendi ended the first-half scoring shortly afterwards, before
Portuguese Bernardo bagged his treble within 15 minutes of the restart
and Kevin De Bruyne completed the thrashing late on.
Leicester on the rise
At the King Power Stadium,
Leicester proved their credentials to gatecrash the top four as they
came from behind to beat Tottenham.
Harry's Kane's improvised 29th-minute opener as he stumbled before flicking home put Tottenham ahead.
However, the game swung Leicester's way after Spurs defender Serge
Aurier's goal midway through the second half was ruled out for the
finest of offsides by VAR.
The hosts built on that immediately as Ricardo Pereira equalised
before James Maddison struck the winner from long range five minutes
Tottenham have now won just two of their first seven games of the
season in all competitions and Mauricio Pochettino admitted the VAR
controversy had played a role in their latest flop.
Pochettino bemoaned the momentum swing given to Leicester by the long
stoppage in play prior to Aurier's strike being ruled out for a
marginal offside against Son Heung-min.
"The emotion of the game changed. The belief it gave to Leicester
made things happen differently in the last 10 minutes," Pochettino said.
"I'm only going to say that we all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain."
Burnley beat Norwich 2-0 at Turf Moor, with New Zealand striker Chris Wood scoring in the 10th and 14th minutes.
Sheffield United piled pressure on Everton manager Marco Silva, whose
side were booed off after a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park, the damage
done by Yerry Mina's 40th-minute own goal and Lys Mousset's 79th-minute
Struggling Newcastle were also subjected to jeers after a goalless
draw against Brighton at St James' Park, which featured large swathes of
empty seats as fans turned their backs on a team with only one win this