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Guardiola has VAR concerns after City rout

Guardiola has VAR concerns after City rout

Kevin De Bruyne teed Sterling for the second, who later lifted the ball over Lukasz Fabianski to put City three goals to the good.

In a sure sign of things to come this season, the video assistant referee ruled a goal offside, another onside, awarded a penalty, and subsequently ordered its retake.

Aguero then denied the England global the chance to seal his hat-trick from the spot, before the 24-year-old eventually grabbed his third goal of the game in stoppage time.

The Hammers, who have been very active recruiting before the season, have just one debutant in Manuel Pellegrini's starting line-up: Sebastien Haller who is their most expensive purchase. "When it's offside it's offside, when it's a penalty it's a penalty", he told reporters.

Leroy Sane's effort and an own goal from former City favourite Pablo Zabaleta had City in control and, although Aaron Cresswell pulled it back to 2-1, Jesus restored the two-goal cushion before Fernandinho wrapped up victory as Guardiola's men hungrily chased down their historic 100-point haul.

The Brazil global gave the reigning champions the lead in the first half before Sterling tapped home Kevin De Bruyne's pass on 51 minutes.

Guardiola was pleased with his team's second half display but had some critical words for their performance in the opening 45 minutes. "After [the score appeared to be] 0-3 you might think the game is over", he added.

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Sterling scored five goals in pre-season and continued that form for the defending champions on Saturday. But that's normal. First game away, 12.30am start, we didn't have our rhythm.

Manchester City will play their first home game of the season next Saturday when they host Tottenham Hotspur. We conceded the second goal too easily.

Burnley were also 3-0 winners at Turf Moor as an Ashley Barnes double and Johann Gudmundsson's strike condemned Southampton to a heavy defeat.

A month later, City were back at London Stadium and still licking their wounds from a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton.

Everton were one of the biggest spenders in the window with seven new signings, but were forced to hang on for a point when Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off.

Sheffield United grabbed a late point away to Bournemouth on their return to the top flight, with Billy Sharp cancelling out an earlier Chris Mepham strike to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Blades.