Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said his players have nothing to prove, after they returned to winning ways in the Premier League, with a record 8-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
The champions slipped to a shock defeat at Norwich City last weekend, but were imperious against the Hornets, racing into a five-goal lead inside the opening 18 minutes.
Three more goals in the second half gave City their biggest ever top-flight win, as they closed the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points, although Jurgen Klopp’s side do have a game in hand.
City’s ability to win a third consecutive title after the defeat at Carrow Road has been questioned, but Guardiola believes there has been an overreaction to that loss.
He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “Do you think after what these guys have done for two seasons they have to prove something?
“We listened after Norwich, but people don’t understand that we can lose games. Sometimes I am surprised that former players and pundits still don’t understand that.”