"We tried absolutely everything, but I think it was not the salary".
For City, Vincent Kompany won't be available after picking up an injury during the worldwide break.
City were a joy to watch today in the flawless advertisement for Pep Guardiola's infamous brand of one-touch possession football.
The Hornets will now have to reassess their strategy against the bigger teams as they've now conceded nine goals in two games against top four opposition this season. Normally we like to give him time to know our style of play, our idea. He and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah have done well behind forwards Andre Gray and Richarlison.
But he is unlikely to play a part against Watford.
It's nearly 35 years to the day since Graham Taylor's Watford beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 to move top of what was then the First Division.
His prolific strike partner Sergio Aguero is just as happy when facing Watford.
Watford have been playing catch up for just 33 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Aguero's hat-trick - his sixth in the Premier League and 10th for City - has moved the Argentine only two away from Manchester City's all-time scoring record of 177, set by Eric Brook between 1928 and 1940.
Although it's taken a year longer than many expected, Manchester City is finally beginning to resemble a Pep Guardiola-coached team.
Another day, another HUGE win for Manchester City.
For Watford, who find themselves in fourth position, it will be a real test of their progress under new manager, Marco Silva. As Silva showed with Hull City last season, his teams are a hard nut to crack, thanks to organised and disciplined defending.