Manchester City recorded an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions as they swatted aside West Ham in the Premier League in a game that was over by half-time, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane all getting in on the act.
The Premier League champions – who remain two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table – have now played four games at West Ham’s new stadium, scoring four or five in each one.
They were stylish and clinical in the first half and efficient after the break.
Some of City’s football in the opening 35 minutes was what we have come to expect from Pep Guardiola’s side. Sterling and Sane, in particular, were brilliant as they dominated possession with plenty of crisp passing.
Silva scored their opener from close range, although Sterling will not be credited with the assist as his cross took a slight deflection.
The two wide men combined for the second goal as Sane shimmied past Pablo Zabaleta and gifted Sterling a simple goal.
Sterling then set up Sane, who showed wonderful composure to turn round a defender and guide a shot into the net.
City are the only team not to drop a point from a winning position in the Premier League this season, so a comeback was never on the cards.
They only had nine shots in total and they looked comfortable, but not spectacular, in the second half.
In truth, Sane’s injury-time fourth – from substitute Gabriel Jesus’ cross – was harsh on West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers side, who saw Marko Arnautovic hobble off late on, have now won only once in seven games.