Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League with a just fantastic 5-0 victory over West Brom.
A rock and sock them first half, led by Ilkay Gundogan, made City go into the break 4-0 up.
Gundogan (2), Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez ended the game before half-time, with Raheem Sterling bagging a fifth before an hour had been played.
A great win, performance and clean sheet. We move.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“I would say improvement is not the case,” said Pep. “Always, he showed this level apart from his first season when he was injured.
“Every time he plays he plays at a high level. It doesn’t matter where he goes, in the FA Cup third round or the UCL latter stages, he always plays the same. He is always confident. He is a nice guy.
“Yes, congratulations to the team for the performance. Except for the first two or three minutes when we couldn’t leave our box, the rest of the game was good,” he said.
“What we want is movement in the right moment and what we want is to move the ball more than our movements. But it is true the players’ movements up front was so good.”
And as for his defence who recorded yet another clean sheet, he added: “Yeah from the beginning of the season apart from the game against Leicester we concede so few.
“I understand the complaints from the West Brom players and the manager,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“I understand completely, but with this rule you have to follow the action until the end. Don’t stop because with VAR it can be disallowed.
“You have to continue. It is a good lesson for us. In the next few days we will speak about it.
“Today it happened to West Brom, but it could happen to us.”
“Now our defenders concentrate for 90 minutes. Ruben and John, Aymeric, they are so focused.
“The midfielders and the strikers now we are there and covered and in the right moment we will score.
“It is impossible to be at the latter stages of any competition without being solid at the back.”
“The last thing I am thinking is about the table. Now I want to get home safe, have a few days off and then Sheffield United,” said the boss.
“This is all I am concerned about. Today we have just finished the first half of the season. The important thing is to be calm, like when we were 12th in the table.
“This is the Premier League. It is so tough. You see the teams up front like Leicester and West Ham and they look unbeatable.
“Every game is so complicated. It is important we have a good run and realise why we are here and go to the next one.”
A great match and the players seem to be finding their form even with the many injuries. Credit to Pep who has adapted and changed tactics, personnel and more.
It has been great to watch.