Manchester City managed to get through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after thrashing fellow Premier League side West Ham United. They played a strong team and managed to tear City apart with some excellent attacking movement and interplay. It was the perfect way to mark the end of a turbulent week at the Etihad Stadium and will be a firm reminder to the other top sides in England of the ability City possess. West Ham were poor and will be desperate to put this match behind them. Here are three things that we learnt:
Manchester City are taking this competition seriously
There were many that expected Pep Guardiola to rotate heavily this weekend as the league is their primary concern, but the Spaniard saw this match as a good opportunity to boost morale within the squad. David Silva, Yaya Toure, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero all started for the visitors in what was a scary attacking line-up. It is no surprise that they managed to score five goals. They were incredibly slick between the 40th and 50th minute, a period in which they managed to score three times.
The FA Cup remains an important competition and it is one that Pep Guardiola will want to win, especially as silverware looks unlikely elsewhere. It will be a competition that he will have followed closely as a child and considering that we complain about the magic of the cup being lost, it is refreshing to see a team like City take is so seriously. There will be bigger fish to fry for City over the coming months, but the FA Cup still carries prestige and Guardiola is right to treat it with respect.