Marco Silva defended his record against big sides after Manchester City humbled his Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Hornets were put to the sword by Pep Guardiola’s men as the visitors scored three times in each half of a ruthless display.

Silva’s home record is one few come close to, but his last two loses on home soil coming against teams in the upper reaches of the Premier League, after Tottenham Hotspur nattered Hull City 7-1 last season.

When it was put to him that his teams struggle against bigger sides, a bristling Silva refused to accept the assertion – highlighting the 3-3 opening day draw with Liverpool as a counter argument.

“Liverpool is a big team and we didn’t lose against them,” Silva said. “If you want to make these types of comparisons you need to see what we do against other big teams.

“We didn’t lose only against Tottenham last season and I don’t want to talk about last season anyway.”

Silva accepted City were more than good value for their win as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick led them to the summit of the Premier League table.

The display had some in the press box scanning the memory banks for a better display from an away side. Many came up empty handed.

Silva, though, feels he has faced more complete sides in his career, but praised the Citizens for a display befitting their three point return.

He said: “I am sure when I played Champions League, and played against teams like Bayern Munich [I faced better sides].

“It is not my job to compare teams. City is a big club, a big team, with a great coach and deserved the three points.”