Raheem Sterling continues to shine under Pep
Pep’s city are bidding to become only the 2nd team in the history of English Premier League to win the title three consecutive times. After Liverpool’s fine display on Friday night against Norwich, that was the perfect response by Manchester City.
Jesus scored the first goal for the blues as Pep preferred the Brazilian striker over all time favorite Sergio Aguero.
After that, Sterling took over and replicated his last season performance with two brilliant finishes. And then Aguero came as a subsitute and scored 4th for City. The Argentinan striker missed from the spot kick but scored second time after referee awarded the penalty again with VAR intervention.
That was a dream start for the defending PL champions as they extended the record for consecutive opening day wins to 9. London Stadium is becoming an easy walk for the blues as it was their 4th consecutive win there with an aggregate of 17-1.
Pep gave the summer signing Rodri his debut and the spanish midfielder looked a bit off-color in the opening minutes. He was robbed by Manuel Lanzini in his own box. However, it was the only stumble from him and it was just a matter of time that his side resumed the normal service.
The first attack of City came from the Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez who was surprisingly selected ahead of Bernardo Silva. The 28-year-old produced a fine shot from the long range but Łukasz Fabiański was up to it and made an impressive save from the right flank. It was just a matter of time and City scored first goal in 25th minute courtesy of Gabriel Jesus.
With West Ham chasing the game, VAR denied City the cusion of 3rd goal. After two brilliant team play goals from Gesus and Sterling, the 3rd one was ruled out by VAR.
Sterling put an emphatic cross in the box and Gesus tapped in which was expected to be the 3rd goal for city. But that became the first VAR disallowed goal in the Premier League history. Sterling was marginally offside in that goal as VAR confirmed later. Ederson heroics kept West Ham at bay as the Brazilian keeper save twice from Hernandez and Lanzini.
But in the 75th minute, Sterling put the game to the bed with City’s 3rd goal. Mahrez put a cheeky pass to the English winger and Sterling lift the ball over Fabiański. VAR intervened again but this time City celebrated the goal.
In the 86th minute, VAR aided City when Aguero missed the spot kick. The subsitute striker retake the VAR-analyzed penalty and made the scoreline 4-0. And in the stoppage, Sterling completed his hat-trick with a fine finish from Mahrez’s pass.