Guardiola's mood lifts after FA Cup romp
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:44
Pep Guardiola's side kicked off the competition in style with an emphatic 5-0 victory away to West Ham United on Friday night.
David Silva turned on the style as Manchester City dismantled West Ham and dumped them out of the FA Cup.
Man City on the other hand arrive at the tie on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend in the Premier League, with goals on that occasion coming from Sergio Aguero and Gael Clichy.
"In the last month or so, our passing was up and down and our game was unpredictable, but today we controlled it the way we played earlier this season".
City dominated the game and created plenty of chances, leading Guardiola to say that his team were finally playing the football he expected from them again, just as they did at the start of the season.
Helped by some shoddy defending, they hammered the Hammers with four goals in the first 50 minutes, then a first City goal from John Stones in the 84th.
"To a Manchester City fan, Manchester City are the most important thing, and always that remains".
"Hopefully it can help our players believe that they are good enough to play that way every game".
The breakthrough came for City when Pablo Zabaleta was tripped by Angelo Obgonna, and Yaya Toure converted. "If we want to play long ball, long ball, we can not do anything".
The Spaniard added that City enjoyed the feeling of time and space in possession thanks to the showpiece venue that is the London Stadium.
"In England, the crowds are usually so close to you, so much noise, but it seemed bigger here", Guardiola said.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): All of City's front three tormented the West Ham defence in the first half, but Sterling appeared to be the most threatening throughout.
West Ham, by contrast, left star player Dimitri Payet on the bench and immediately found itself under pressure against a City side which is fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leader Chelsea after 20 games.
West Ham then collapsed at the Olympic Stadium. The winger laid the ball across goal to Silva, who from six yards (meters) out had time to take a touch and steady himself before slotting in.
Aguero scores - Sterling pulls the ball back for Toure, who angles a shot towards goal that Aguero flicks over Adrian.