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West Ham 0-4 Manchester City: 5 Hits and Flops

ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
1.72K   //    25 Nov 2018, 09:00 IST

Manchester City players celebrate during their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham
Manchester City players celebrate during their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham

Manchester City continued their excellent start to the season in emphatic style, with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham at the London Stadium. 

Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling and a Leroy Sané brace were more than enough for Pep Guardiola's side to seal all three points. It was a commanding display, despite the hosts creating some promising opportunities to get back in the game themselves.

The gap between themselves and Liverpool remains two points atop the Premier League, as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners over Watford - but with a difficult month of fixtures to come, this morale-boosting victory stands them in good stead going forward. 


#5 Flop: Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan didn't kick on following his memorable cameo off the bench during the Derby
Gundogan didn't kick on following his memorable cameo off the bench during the Derby

In a team packed full of stars across the pitch, it's often difficult for a few to earn their opportunity centre-stage. Ilkay Gundogan, despite showing flashes of his individual brilliance, hasn't particularly kicked on since his move from Borussia Dortmund two seasons ago. 

After a memorable display off the substitutes' bench against Manchester United last time out, Pep rewarded him with a start on this occasion alongside Fernandinho and David Silva.

While both players mentioned were solid, the silky German was uninspiring. He had 56 touches - the least of any City defender or midfielder, while his passing accuracy and overall distribution was arguably the worst, alongside right-back Kyle Walker. 

While Silva displayed his class as usual, Gundogan delivered an uninspiring display
While Silva displayed his class as usual, Gundogan delivered an uninspiring display

He created a key pass, but two unsuccessful touches and a singular interception - no other defensive interventions - meant it wasn't surprising to see him replaced with just over 20 minutes to play. 

Naturally, he would have been disappointed as Phil Foden came on in his place, but it was an opportunity to assert himself in Pep's starting plans. He didn't do enough to prove why here. 

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