City's incredible form in the capital continued with a comfortable 4-0 win over West Ham. It's the first time a team outside of London has won six successive top-flight matches in the capital for 67 years and is the Blues thirteenth win in 14 matches in the city. City were too hot to handle in the opening 45 minutes, scoring three times in the space of 23 minutes through David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. The champions took their foot off the gas a little after the break until Sane added a fourth with almost the last kick of the game.
What happened? City were looking to pick up where they left off before the international break and had to wait just 11 minutes to take the lead at the London Stadium. Fernandinho brought the ball forward before finding Raheem Sterling on the right – the England winger weighed up his options before sending in a deflected low ball that David Silva gently guided home from close range. The Blues doubled the lead just eight minutes later. Silva was again the architect as he collected the ball outside the Hammers’ box before spotting Leroy Sane in space – the German winger then danced past Pablo Zabaleta before crossing into the path of Sterling who made no mistake from four yards out. The Blues were lucky not to see that advantage halved moments later as a defensive mix-up gifted Arnautovic a chance that the Austrian couldn’t profit from as a mixture of Kyle Walker and Ederson snuffed out. The hosts enjoyed a good five minutes of pressing City back, but they needed to reduce the deficit before the champions struck again – and on 34 minutes, the game was indeed as good as over - and what a goal it was. Fernandinho spotted Sterling’s dart into the box on the right and he volleyed a cross to the feet of Sane who controlled the ball, sent a defender the wrong way before coolly slotting past Fabianski. It was clinical finishing from a side that, at times, is looking light years ahead of their opponents. It also meant City had bagged 16 goals in just 315 minutes of action at the London Stadium City’s ruthless wingers Two assists and a goal in the space of 23 first-half minutes – Raheem Sterling was at his devastating best for the Blues at the London Stadium. That took him to eight goals and eight assists in 12 Premier League games, begging the question – is there a better right winger in European football at the moment? And with Leroy Sane looking masterful on the left, the Blues’ wingers can destroy any defence when they are both in the mood. Sane also claimed a goal and an assist during the first period, with West Ham powerless to stop the Blues who seemed to score at will. The Hammers came out determined to put up some sort of fight after the break, but City should still have added a fourth a couple of minutes in as Silva's cross found Sterling and the City winger should have made it four but was tackled by Fabianski and Sane's follow-up was saved by the busy Pole. West Ham came close to reducing the arrears when Antonio broke clear through the middle, but his low shot struck the outside of the post and the chance to get back in the game was lost. City seemed happy with a three-goal lead and the Hammers happy not to concede any more goals, but Sane had the final say, controlling Gabriel Jesus' cross before volleying home to seal another happy visit to the capital.
What it means… City remain top of the Premier League and still unbeaten with 13 games played, two clear of Liverpool who beat Watford 3-0. Chelsea are away to Spurs in the day's evening kick-off.
Star man: Leroy Sane Excellent stuff from the Germany winger.who just edged out fellow wide-man Raheem Sterling.
City will look to secure a Champions League Round of 16 spot against Lyon next Tuesday. The Blues need just a point to secure qualification with two games to play but will need to overcome a Lyon side that are the only team to win at the Etihad this season. Then it’s back to Premier League action against Bournemouth next Saturday at the Etihad, 3pm kick-off.
West Ham United (0): Fabianski, Balbuena, Masuaku (Cresswell 46’), Diop, Zabaleta, Diangana (Hernandez 55’), Rice, Obiang, Antonio, Anderson (Perez 68’), Arnautovic
Man City (4): Ederson, Laporte, Walker, Delph, Otamendi, Gündogan (Foden 69’), Silva, Fernandinho, Agüero (Jesus 81’), Sterling (Mahrez 74’), Sané
Goals: David Silva (10'), Raheem Sterling (18'), Leroy Sané (33'-92´)