Defending Champions Manchester City battered West Ham by 5-0 in their opening game of the season at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling got the champions rolling with a brilliant hat-trick against the Hammers, as Sergio Aguero also scored off the bench.
City took the lead through Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian raced inside the box to get the decisive touch off Kyle Walker’s low cross.
Pep Guardiola’s men increased intensity in the final hour of play, after a slow in the first half.
The Hammers were lucky enough to end the half trailing by a single goal. However, it didn’t last long. City’s advantage was increased by Sterling.
Sterling scored his second and city’s third by lifting the ball over Lukasz Fabianski.
Sergio Aguero, starting his 8th season with City, came off the bench and scored from the spot to make it 4-0. Although, his initial spot-kick was saved and clear. However, VAR intervened and gave City another spot-kick. Aguero stepped up once again but made no mistake this time.
The citizens were just too strong for West ham in the second half and it inflicted in the scoreline.
Sterling scored once again in second-half stoppage time to round-off an emphatic win.
The Hammers, on the other hand, had a decent share of possession but never looked to threaten. Sebastian Haller looked sharp ut couldn’t get on the scoresheet. The Frenchmen signed was brought in from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.
Sterling’s hattrick for Manchester City on opening weekend is the first since Didier Drogba’s for Chelsea in 2010.
“It feels good but the important thing today was starting well as a team and getting the win and the three points,” Sterling told City TV after the game.
Manchester City will now face Tottenham Hotspur in front oh home support at the Etihad next Saturday.