The inevitability of a Manchester City domination in the London Stadium against West Ham United was realized on Sunday, as the newly elected Premier League champions secured a 4-1 win to heap more nerves on the hosts’ fight to avoid relegation.
From kickoff, it was the total control from Pep Guardiola’s magical side that has them firmly in the running for greatest Premier League team ever. The first goal came after swarming City pressure, leading to a Leroy Sane shot deflected off Patrice Evra and into the back of the net in the 13th minute.
City would then add a second in the 27th minute, with more bad luck for West Ham saw a Kevin Bruyne pass from outside ricochet off of Declan Rice and Pablo Zabaleta. Just when it seemed it would be complete domination from the super team from up north, the Hammers showed great life towards the end of the first half. It resulted in a moment of brilliance from Aaron Cresswell, delivering a superb free kick goal in the 42nd minute to make it 2-1. Full of confidence, there was hopes that David Moyes’ side could maybe get something out of it.
Those hopes completely ended once the second half started, as City continued their masterful control of the proceedings and restored their two goal advantage in the 53rd minute, when Gabriel Jesus tapped from close range off a Sterling pass. The England winger would add a third assist to the day to complete City’s scoring in 64th minute, feeing an on rushing Fernandinho for the Brazilian’s good finish.
It is a match that West Ham have to completely move on, as they are truly again in a fight for survival until season’s end. They still control their own destiny, and will hope they handle business next week, when they face off against Leicester in a crucial contest next Saturday.