Manchester City dispatched West Ham United with minimum fuss as they scored 5 unanswered goals past them in their first game of the new season.
It is clear that Manchester City are in no mood to relinquish their league title to Liverpool or anyone else.
Throughout the summer transfer window, a lot of praise was directed towards West Ham United for making shrewd signings. The likes of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Hallers are going to be really great additions for the Hammers.
However, it is clear that Manchester City are playing on another level. While most top teams tend to start new campaigns slowly with players slowly getting in their element, City defy such conventional laws.
In the game at the Olympic Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s side was simply unstoppable. Continuing from where they left off last season, the reigning English champions made easy work of West Ham United who despite playing at home, were completely blown apart.
Manchester City are in it for the long haul
While many teams in England have recruited heavily for the new campaign, Manchester City have gone about their business in a very professional manner. The Citizens may not have spent upwards of 100 million Euros and might have lost a key man in the shape of Vincent Kompany but it is clear that this team never needed a serious facelift anyway.
The likes of Stones and Laporte have show that they can put in mature displays on a regular basis.
The team’s striking options aren’t bad either with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero all getting their names on the score-sheet.
Killing the Fantasy Premier League
Players of the Fantasy Premier League should know better than drafting Manchester City players. Bernardo Silva, the team’s most consistent player last year, didn’t get a single minute.
It’s a clear sign that Pep Guardiola has at least 16 players at his disposal who can easily slot in the starting XI. While Kevin de Bruyne spent most part of the last season out injured, the Belgian started the game. The team clearly didn’t look lost without the Portuguese playmaker.
And that is down to the fact that Guardiola has enough players in his team to withstand the travails that may come his way during the busiest hours of a regular English Premier League season.
David Silva is timeless
While age isn’t on his side, David Silva serves a perfect case in point to the age old adage that while form is temporary, class is permanent. The Spaniard was on song against the Hammers with some nifty footwork and probing passes.
And while we can’t expect him to keep such levels at all times, Silva isn’t going to spend potentially his last season at the club on the sidelines just because his hairline is receding.
Rodri the real deal
With Fernandinho ageing, Rodri is a great long-term replacement. The young Spaniard recovered from an early flirtation with a penalty after bringing doing Manuel Lanzini and played like the deep-lying playmaker he can be.
While breaking up play is something Guardiola wants from the new Manchester City acquisition, it is clear that the former Atletico Madrid man is going to be far more technically superior on the ball than the veteran Brazilian he’s expected to replace.