Guardiola: Man City finding early season form again

Pep Guardiola hopes Manchester City’s 5-0 drubbing over West Ham is a sign that they are rediscovering their early season form.

City coasted into the fourth round of the FA Cup after inflicting an embarrassing defeat on West Ham at the London Stadium.

Guardiola’s men began the campaign with 10 successive victories, yet they have faltered over recent months and currently lie seven points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table.

But Guardiola was encouraged by the signs against the Hammers, particularly the way in which City passed the ball with such conviction.

“Hopefully now we can start again to play in that sense,” he said.

"It's the only way for this kind of team. We are not strong and fast like the other teams but we try to play with the ball as much as possible.

"We can't achieve our targets unless we start to play and keep the ball.

“When David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure touch a lot of the ball the rest can play easier. We have to play."

Opposite number Slaven Bilic admitted there was nothing positive to take from the encounter after goals from Toure, Silva, Sergio Aguero and John Stones, plus an Havard Nordtveidt own goal.

"It was game over by half time. It's hard to find too many positives when you lose 5-0 at home,” said Bilic.