Manchester City started its quest towards the threepeat with a convincing win over West Ham on the road. Guardiola’s machinery was unstoppable, and it seems that the Sky-Blues are still hungry to prove themselves in the domestic competition.
The Citizens responded with style after Liverpool’s challenge last night and demolished West Ham in the middle of London with 0-5. The champions looked like they missed playing competitive matches, are were flying all over the court. On the other hand, many are saying that they wanted to send a strong message to the Reds, announcing that there won’t be a new champion at the end of this season.
The Hammers simply didn’t stand a chance against such a motivated unit. Still, it didn’t look exactly like that in the first 20 minutes of the match. City was better, but not that much. After 25 minutes of play, the champs netted for the first time this season. Gabriel Jesus scored from an overcrowded box, and the guests took the lead.
That was the result of the opening 45 minutes, but from that moment on it was all Man City at the London Stadium. Raheem Sterling doubled the lead in the 51st minute.
Then we witnessed the history of the Premier League. The same player assisted Gabriel Jesus, who scored, but his goal was canceled after reviewing it with a VAR system. It is the first-ever goal disallowed in the Premiership using VAR.
But this only made the Citizens extra determined to hurt the Hammers even more. Raheem Sterling added two more goals until the end, with Sergio Aguero squeezing one of his own in between.
Sterling was the scorer in the 75th and the first minute of the stoppage time, while Aguero who replaced Jesus converted a penalty four minutes before the end of the regulations. The English pacey striker was very inspired today, but he didn’t want to put his individual effort in the middle of attention.
“The most important thing was three points, to start well,” said Sterling, who added that he and his teammates are still not 100% fit. “The breathing was heavy and some of the touches were sloppy. But once the second goal went in, we could find our passes.”
He didn’t dwell too much because VAR canceled one of City’s goals, Sterling stated that despite having some negative sides, this technology has a very positive impact on the game.
“It’s a bit difficult during the game because you want your goal to stand. But at the end of the day, so long as the decisions are right, that’s all that matters.”
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At the moment the Citizens are topping the table, and they continued where they took off at the end of the last season. This will be a historic chance for them to go down in history as one of the most dominant generations in English soccer. All they need to do is to win the Premiership for the third time in a row. Of course, that will be one hell of a job.
As for the Hammers, despite some fresh faces, this team will have to fight hard to stay in the league. Measuring their strength against Man City is not a very bright thing to do, but they do have a mediocre team.
They will face Watford in the next round on the road. Man City plays away from home too, this time in Bournemouth.
The majority of other Premier League games are playing as we write this article. Three matches are scheduled for tomorrow with the derby of the round in Manchester where United awaits Chelsea.
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