Manchester City enjoyed an impressive start to the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, but it was not enough to satisfy Pep Guardiola’s appetites.
The Citizens swept West Ham United aside with a commanding 5-0 win at the Olympic Stadium win in the Premier League opener, announcing they are aiming for their third successive league title.
It was Gabriel Jesus, who luckily put the ball behind Lukasz Fabianski’s back to put City in front and give them a narrow 1-0 lead at the break.
Although his players had the ball in their possession 55% of the time and restricted the Irons to a single shot on target in the first period, Guardiola has still complained about City’s first-half performances.
“It was difficult away from home, 12.30 kick-off, hot. The first half was not good. We didn’t control second balls and lost a lot of balls,” the Spaniard said.
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“It was important to get three points, a clean sheet. At 2-0, they have a chance. Overall for the first game, it is an incredible result.
“The second half was much better. More calm, but still we have many things to improve.”
However, Raheem Sterling’s second-half hat-trick accompanied by Sergio Aguero’s goal from the spot cleared the doubt about the winners if there were ever any suspicions.
The reigning holders have also seen Gabriel Jesus’ 53rd-minute goal disallowed after the VAR assistance, but they refused to let that shake them up.
Guardiola has also shared his opinion regarding the freshly-introduced VAR system.
“You have to be mentally strong when VAR is not on your side,” he said during the post-match interview.
“You think at 0-3 the game is almost over but at 0-2, the game is completely different. You have to be calm and be strong, it is going to change the dynamic not just for the team but for the spectators.”