City cruise past West Ham

Pep Guardiola made few personal changes for West Ham game. Catalan coach started Otamendi instead of John Stones, Gundogan instead of Bernardo Silva because of Portuguese injury and Delph as left back instead of Mendy after French full back got long term injury. But City played usual 4-3-3 with Delph in possession acting as central midfielder often. West Ham started game actively, pressed high and tried attack wide with making number of crosses in City box but hardly created anything. After first minutes City established control of game and first dangerous moment was created after low cross from right by David Silva was stopped and ball got back to Spaniard after which Silva shot in near corner but shot was wide. After that on 11 minute after Sterling low cross and little deflection from West Ham defender David Silva was left wide open and scored from six yard box. City continued to attack from wide positions Aguero and Silva played wide near Sterling on some occasions and Gundogan played near Sane and tried to combine with him. On 19 minute after Sane left isolated against Zabaleta German winger made low cross which was finished by Sterling from six yard box. After second goal City conceded couple of chances. First chance came after Laporte was dispossessed in penalty box and Arnautovic shot from 15 meters which was saved by Walker tackle. In couple minutes time after West Ham press Gundogan was sloppy and give ball away in 40 meters from own goal. Arnautovic received ball and gave pass for shot from 20 meters which was saved by Ederson. City were then able to regain control of game in 34 minute after successful counter press by City Fernandinho gave great ball behind defender backs for Sterling and Raheem with one touch passed to Sane in six yard box after which German winger with his dummy fooled opponent defender with goalkeeper and scored in empty goal. For rest of game after third goal City coasted, only chance West Ham had in second half was after David Silva lost ball in midfield and London club after counter attack hit post. City scored fourth goal on last seconds, Leroy Sane scored volley from tight angle after Gabriel Jesus pass who came for Aguero in second half. Only problem with City was that Gundogan struggled in game as number eight, he made less passes than any player for City and largely struggled to be involved in team play. German even in easy game again showed that he is not capable to play on De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva level as attacking midfielder. After this win City remain top of the table and preparing for Champions League game against Lyon in good mood.


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