City claimed the coveted league and FA Cup double for the first time – the first team it has been achieved since Chelsea did it under Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10.
This comprehensive triumph, however, was about even more than that.The securing of three trophies underscores the scale of City’s achievement – and emphasises the hunger and desire which has driven them this season, notably to finish ahead of Liverpool in a relentless Premier League title race.
Their ability to move to another level when required was on show here at they resisted Watford’s early promise – and then brushed them aside.
They refused to ease up when Watford were down and out, pressing forward until the final whistle, with substitute John Stones only being denied by the bar in the final seconds as City almost became the first team in win an FA Cup final by seven goals.
The pedal was still pressed to the floor as the goals racked up. And it was all achieved without leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero, restricted to a place on the bench alongside De Bruyne, Stones and Leroy Sane.
After securing the Premier League title at Brighton last weekend, Guardiola stated that he is addicted to winning. This was a performance of class and quality from a team that looks in shape to satisfy the Catalan’s craving for years to come.