When it comes to how you started, but also how you ended, Manchester City passed the test at both ends of the football season.
City started this off with a relatively gentle dismissal of Chelsea in the Community Shield and, three trophies and nine months later, ended with an act of wonderful, cruel torture against Watford back at Wembley.
Immediately after the death, with Watford reeling and their keeper Heurelho Gomes, seeking more and more longing for a retirement away from the very misery of days like these, the ball fell to City & # 39; s replacement defender John Stones.
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The shot looked destined for the back of the net and goal number seven, but struck Gomes on the ankle and bounced down and bounced down the crossbar.
Stones looked ruined, as if his day and his season had just been ruined. And there was, at a glance, one expression, much of what you knew about this City team.
They are a team with an insatiable hunger for more, a team that wants to pass more and score more and win more. Six was not enough and seven would not have been. For Pep Guardiola and his players, there is simply no horizon in terms of where they are going next and where they may want to go. For the rest of the Premier League, it's a sobering thought.
This is the Guardiola belief – don't stop, always get better – and at Wembley on Saturday night it was Watford that didn't feel the full power of it.
It was painful to see, but at the same time hypnotic. Sometimes it was hard not to turn, like the misery in black and yellow that unfolded before our eyes.
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Gomes should never have played. Choosing him the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, Ben Foster, was a bad call from Watford manager Javi Gracia. But still, Gomes didn't deserve this, a shelling that didn't start in minute one and inevitably last until the death of the game and indeed his own career.
There were some who said afterwards that City should have relinquished a little, that they would have to exercise some restrictions if the game was won.
Why should they have to? This was the football equivalent of a 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 Wimbledon final as a heavyweight that could continue to punch until an opponent is unable to answer.
It was a brutal clout and it was administered without heart or sentiment and that is just how it should be.
Guardiola has not won 23 career trophies as a manager by worrying about the opposition. He has taught his fine bunch of players how & # 39; the best English audience one of & # 39; would have produced the best football, and he also has the most unmet desire in it.
Two more examples. With 10 minutes left, Captain Vincent Kompany headed first towards the ground and the tight end of Troy Deeney. He would rather have taken a hit than let Watford's stride pass. Deeney did not pass.
Then, minutes later, goalkeeper Ederson prepared to take a goal and then he & # 39; s his teammates' attack that suddenly changed Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
The ball came on the end of Sterling, he played it for the first time after Jesus and Town – with Watford once again bamboozled – cycled straight to the goal. It was a clear training move and the fact that the score was already 5-0 did not prevent the two players from trying it for one moment.
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So for City, there was no delay. It ended at six and that was fun enough for the neutral. Guardiola has concluded the season with three domestic trophies to add to the Community Shield and one would imagine his work in England will be done as soon as he conquers the Champions League.
He mentioned that one, escaped trophy began almost as soon as his press conference after the match, and he realizes a little about it. It's understandable.
City are arguably Europe's best team, but have yet to contend for a Champions League final.
But that kind of fresh thing happens in sports and it shouldn't ruin the greatness of the city. Saturday they met a decent Premier League team and absolutely destroyed them.
Watford were playful, but none of that really mattered. This was not even City's strongest team. No Kevin De Bruyne and no Sergio Aguero. Young Phil Foden didn't even sit on the sofa. But it didn't matter. The speed of & # 39; city and the use of & # 39; e width of the field were too much for Watford.
Riyad Mahrez gave Jose Holebas such a miserable time in the first half that the Watford defender wished that the red card he received in & # 39; the last game of the league season was probably not dismissed.
De Bruyne – 35 minutes on – got the man of the & # 39; match through the BBC and that was daft. A more worthy recipient would be Mahrez or David Silva than maybe Sterling.
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But this was a complete team performance. To say that Kompany and his fellow central defender Aymeric Laporte sounded strangely strange after such a one-sided game, but that was one of the reasons why it was so unbalanced.
Deeney had suggested before that he could bully Kompany a little. The truth is that we never saw the Watford man.
Towns are too good. Too good for Liverpool by a single Premier League point and too good for anyone else by an absolute mile. Some say it's not good for the game, but that's nonsense.
The little baby in a Watford wig that shows up on the big screen and looks full will not have the best day of his young life, but one day his parents will explain to him explicitly what it was he saw .
Not one of us should resist it and we should not reduce it. We have to enjoy it, and it won't be here forever.