Pep Guardiola rubbed a little salt in the wounds of his Mancunian neighbors following another big win for Manchester City, this one a 4-0 triumph at West Ham United on a day rivals Manchester United failed to get a goal and drew Crystal Palace.
[ RECAP: West Ham 0-4 Man City ]
Man City was far from perfect on the day, opening the door for West Ham early, but settled into a groove in a match that was 3-0 for some time before Leroy Sane completed his brace in stoppage time.
Guardiola, as he does, raised a clever notion in his post-match comments, happily at the expense of some rivals and former employers after Real Madrid was embarrassed at Eibar and both Bayern Munich and Manchester United drew at home.
He says City wasn’t at its best, but that training for a week of international play, with different tactics and responsibilities, breaks rhythm for clubs. From the BBC:
“If you see the result which was 0-4 especially after the international break, it is good. You see Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, they struggle.
“The players train in a different way, so it is difficult to come back, I give a lot of credit for win but was not our best performance, West Ham have chances and they don’t score we were quite lucky but we will come back to our best.”
It’s a point to keep in mind for future international breaks when considering why things don’t always look great despite the time off for several players who don’t feature nearly as much (if at all) for their nations as clubs, or vice versa. Still, City rolled, and a chance for vengeance against Lyon is next.