Guardiola hopes thumping of West Ham will instil belief

Pep Guardiola conducted an angry post-match interview after his side's win over Burnley

The defence has come under criticism at times, particularly in the full-back areas, but there were only positives at the London Stadium as City booked a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a resounding 5-0 win.

City survived a solitary scare when the hosts' Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably shot wide from in front of an open goal, but went in at the break with a 3-0 advantage after an own goal from Havard Nordtveit and an effort from Silva. We are not strong and fast like the other teams but we try to play with the ball as much as possible.

The tempo of the game dropped dramatically after their fourth goal as City appeared content to toy with their opponents who were struggling to create any clear-cut chances - despite earlier replacing Andy Carroll with Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini for Mark Noble.

"We've had a few defeats like that, let's say after the (5-1) Arsenal defeat we showed character and took 10 points from our next four games".

Sergio Aguero put the result beyond any doubt when he scored five minutes into the second half before John Stones headed in a fifth for Pep Guardiola's City.

"Always it is important to win away, it's not easy at West Ham in the cup". Like I said, City's form of late has not been great so it's a good time to be playing them with nothing to lose, but glory to gain.

Guardiola answered questions with short monosyllabic mutterings in a bizarre post-match interview on Monday night
Guardiola answered questions with short monosyllabic mutterings in a bizarre post-match interview on Monday night

"We are going to fight until the end of the season for all the titles, of course, but I never said this club is below the others right now".

The zoom lens was fixed on Bilic rather than Guardiola, and the Croatian was forced to suffer as his team once again caved in at the London Stadium - a new home that has quickly become a miserable one for West Ham.

Manchester City last won the FA Cup in 2010-2011, though it reached the final in 2012-13 before falling to Wigan Athletic.

For that ruling it was Mike Dean the fans were furious with - this time the much younger Michael Oliver. Because I was in Barcelona and Bayern Munich and I know exactly what it means for all the people there who believe we can do that. We are the good guys.

A flowing move ended up with the ball being squared for Raheem Sterling. Stones scores - Aguero wins a corner on the left.

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