Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City regain some of their early-season form as they trashed West Ham 5-0 in the third round of the FA Cup.
Man City won the first 10 games of this season but their form was inconsistency in recent months and they now lie fourth in the Premier League table, seven points behind the leaders Chelsea.
But in his first FA Cup game Guardiola selected a strong squad and was rewarded with a comfortable win victory thanks to goals form Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, John Stones and own goal from Harvard Nordtviet.
“Today we controlled the game more, through our passes,” said the City boss.
“Before the penalty we created chances and after half-time we played like we expected, like it was at the start of the season.
“In the last month or two, for different circumstances, we weren’t able to do that but hopefully now we can start again to play in that sense.
“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.”