Manchester City kicked off their title defence in style with a 5-0 win on the road to West Ham United, moving level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
Both sides took their time to find their rhythm, and while West Ham enjoyed more of the ball in dangerous areas, it was City who threatened with long-range efforts from Riyad Mahrez and David Silva.
As the first-half started to liven up, Kyle Walker showed off his athleticism to create space on the right-wing and the England international teed up Gabriel Jesus, who sneaked in front of
Mahrez was then involved soon after to win City a penalty, but substitute Sergio
Key Talking Point
Many are wondering what the future holds for West Ham in the wake of
Fabianski (8); Fredericks (7), Balbuena (6), Dipo (6), Cresswell (6); Wilshere (5), Rice (7), Antonio (5), Lanzini (8*), Anderson (6); Haller (8).
Substitutes: Fornals (7),
Although all eyes were understandably on Sébastien Haller - he was certainly West Ham's best player for some - it's the return of Argentina international Manuel Lanzini that provided the biggest sign of promise for the weeks ahead.
Finally a bit of magic from Lanzini and two decent attempts at goal. #WHUMCI— Anashi sensei (@AnashiSensei) August 10, 2019
Lanzini — Fpl Sensei (@Fpl_sensei) August 10, 2019
Frustrating first half, Lanzini looking decent & Haller looking superb!— FPL_hammer (@fpl_hammer) August 10, 2019
Haller and Lanzini are 襤— (@HusanGx) August 10, 2019
He had a quiet second-half overall, but Lanzini took the game by the scruff of the neck during the opening 45 minutes and offered a constant threat for Manchester City to try and contain.
While Pablo Fornals' arrival could see chances become less over the next few months, The Argentine's availability this season will certainly prove to be vital in their hopes of returning to European competition next season.
Key Talking Point
It wasn't vintage from the Premier League champions even with the scoreline, but Manchester City proved their championship material once again with a convincing win in east London.
Not only was Pep Guardiola's side unstoppable when they started strutting their stuff in the attacking third, but City also escaped largely unscathed against one of the most exciting attacking lineups outside the Premier League's big six.
Ederson (7); Walker (9*), Stones (7), Laporte (6), Zinchenko (6); Rodri (7), D. Silva (7), De Bruyne (7); Mahrez (8), Jesus (7), Sterling (9).
The England international, who could soon be on the bench after
Kyle Walker was world class. Just shows that he does want to keep his place..— Kobii (@RazEffect) August 10, 2019
Kyle Walker has turned into a top player under Pep— Miss Brexit Esq™️ (@NilWil72) August 10, 2019
@StevenMcinerney Kyle walker what a game. Bullied players out there.— Joseph DAlbero (@jdalbero28) August 10, 2019