Man City extended their winning run to 20, in a very difficult challenge against David Moyes’ in-form West Ham side.
City have won 19 games in a row in all competitions, the latest coming against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola continues to insist the Blues are taking things one game at a time, and that approach has given them a ten point lead at the top of the Premier League.
West Ham, on a good run of their own, have crept up the table with one defeat in 11 and sit in the top four above Chelsea and Liverpool.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City defeated West Ham United 5-0 to get their Premier League title defence off to an impressive start.
The breakthrough came after 25 minutes, with David Silva playing in Kyle Walker, who cut the ball back from the byline for Gabriel Jesus to deftly flick in.
Kevin De Bruyne was a growing influence for City, and his penetrating run and pass set up Sterling to make it 2-0 six minutes after half-time.
Jesus thought he had scored a third for City, only for his goal to be disallowed after Sterling was adjudged to be offside in the build-up, making it the first decision to be overturned by a Video Assistant Referee in the Premier League.
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Pep Guardiola’s side carried on regardless, making it 3-0 with 15 minutes remaining as Sterling chipped Fabianski.
Substitute Sergio Aguero added a fourth with a penalty after his first spot-kick was saved by Lukasz Fabianski but it was ordered to be retaken due to encroachment.
Sterling had the final say, beating Fabianski to score the first PL hat-trick on the opening weekend since Didier Drogba for Chelsea in 2010.