Champions wind down after emphatic win

Champions wind down after emphatic win

Jack Wilshere had no issue with City's tactics, suggesting West Ham need to learn from such elite opponents.

All that hope and expectation that comes with a new season was destroyed in 90 horrendous minutes at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Mo Salah doubled the lead in the 19th with a characteristic left-foot finish from a tight angle after a nice set-up from Roberto Firmino and the game was virtually over in the 28th when Virgil van Dijk nodded home a Salah corner to make it 3-0.

Aguero made it 4-0 in the 86th, and Sterling wrapped it up in injury time, becoming the first since Didier Drogba in 2010-11 to start with a hat-trick on the league's opening weekend.

He praised Manchester City for being clinical in front of goal but feels the first half was very close as the Hammers got off to a positive start.

"In key moments there were key factors; we were very unlucky", insisted the boss.

The next day at lunchtime ended up being a miss match, when champions Manchester City went to West Ham and didn't break sweat as they scored 5 goals with no reply. It cleared off our defender.

Gabriel Jesus got the champions off the mark with a 25th minute strike in a pretty much one-sided affair.

The second half was something of a disaster as City steamrollered their way to the easiest of victories. However, VAR came into action again, requiring the spot-kick to be retaken as Declan Rice appeared to have encroached the area before clearing the ball after Fabianski's initial save.

And when Issa Diop fouled Riyad Mahrez in the box, City were awarded a penalty that Aguero converted.

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By the end the Hammers were crushed and could have lost by more, but it is hard to be too critical. We had just five.

Pellegrini did have some mitigating circumstances though. We were a little bit innocent.

"I can not deny it, I'm delighted to win 5-0 away from home in the first game", said Guardiola, who felt his side had been sloppy in the first half at the London Stadium.

"I don't think we need analyse the performance of the individual players against Manchester City".

"The rhythm was not there but that's normal for the first game".

Perhaps West Ham fans should take this result with a pinch of salt.

Manchester City will play their first home game of the season next Saturday when they host Tottenham Hotspur.

It is about time they got an easier game to begin with, but it is the next two or three that are winnable and West Ham must bounce back quickly.

The last time the Red Devils beat Chelsea by such a margin in the league was in March 1965 under Matt Busby, when they also won 4-0. Expectations are still high and the moaners are already out there on social media.

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