Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster makes Man City prediction after 8-0 win
The former Manchester United star was on the receiving end of the Blues’ record top-flight scoreline, as they racked up an 8-0 victory over the Hornets.
But he admits that they were lucky to get away so lightly – and predicted that City will become the first team to score ten or more in the Premier League era.
Foster feared that Watford would suffer that indignity as David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi all scored in the opening 18 minutes – another Premier League record.
“As a goalie, coming here in the first place it’s almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they’re on it, they are incredible,” he said.
“To go 5-0 down after 20 minutes I’m thinking ‘God, this could be double digits’. They were scary at times.
“From a goalie’s point of view it was just relentless. You could see them opening us up and the chances developing in front of your eyes. In all honesty, it could have been double digits.”
Foster said that his teammates were as shocked and helpless as he was in the face of the Blue onslaught.
“There’s nothing you can do or say to get through to them,” he said. “It’s a human response, they close it off. It’s so hard to try and change the mentality when that sort of stuff is happening.
“To get in at 5-0 at half-time I was over the moon.
“You can see it in them. You’re not used to dealing with this kind of thing.
“Fair play to them (City), they were breathtaking. They were incredible and at times it was almost too easy for them. They were on a different level.
“Like all the best laid plans, after 50 seconds it went straight out of the window and it was carnage.
“Maybe if we had nicked that equaliser at 1-0 it might have been a different story. We could have got back to the game plan and tried to implement that, but it wasn’t to be.”
When asked about the assertion that they were lucky to go in at half time 5-0 down, Foster said: “Did you watch the game? That’s the way it was. If you watch the game back, they hit the post twice in the first half they hit the crossbar in the second half and De Bruyne put one wide.
“To be fair to Man City, I’ve seen them plenty of times against teams when if they’re on it and the other team aren’t, it can be double digits. They’re that good. Them and Liverpool are on another level at the minute.
“They will do it to somebody. There will be a nine or 10 out there soon, not that eight is a great thing.”
City fell one short of United’s Premier League record 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995, but Foster admits that after 20 minutes he might be going down in the record books as the goalkeeper on the receiving end of a new record.
“At 5-0 after 20 minutes I was fearing the worst. It’s human nature, you have to fear the worst at that point.
“But fair play to the lads, they kept it at 5-0 at half-time which is saying something.
“As a goalie (you fear) it could be a cricket score. Double digits is a genuine possibility. It’s scary stuff with how easy it seemed for them at times. They can do that.
“We saw that in the Cup Final last season. It’s not a fluke, they can do that at any given time against any team in this league.”
Foster said that it is not necessarily the quality of their football that makes City so special, but rather their work when they do not have the ball.
Asked why they are so devastating, he said: “Their aggression, they are always on it, always on the front foot.
“Nobody gets a second to think about it. Our players are getting the ball passed to them, and before they know what to do with it they’ve got a Man City player attacking them.
“They all do it together. Their shape is incredible. They’re all absolute specimens of men. If you look at them, they’re all the same sort of build, they’re not the tallest but they are all so strong and rapid.
“Their acceleration and touch is incredible. But that’s what £70m or £80m buys them.”