Having put five past a relegation-threatened Swansea last time out, a similar scenario was repeated as the precariously placed Hammers couldn’t stop the visitors running riot, leaving David Moyes’ side just three points above the drop with a damaged goal difference.
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A pair of goals in each half was more than enough to send City back up to Manchester happy ahead of their processional lifting of the Premier League trophy next weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s squad look as though they are maintaining their hunger to cement their names in the record books even further as records keep falling by the wayside with every fixture that passes.
The new SAS
Fresh from his PFA Young Player of the Year award last weekend, Leroy Sané opened the scoring – albeit via a mighty deflection – to become the first player in the division this campaign to both score 10 goals and provide 10 assists.
He welcomed his own teammate into the exclusive group before the end of the game, as Raheem Sterling’s three assists took his own tally into double digits, adding to his career-best 18 league goals thus far.
For all of Kevin De Bruyne’s continued excellence, there’s an argument to be had that the performances of City’s two wide men have had just as similar an impact – if not a greater one – towards the Blues’ devastatingly impressive season domestically.
Since both of their arrivals, the promise has been there for all to see, but this season has been breakout for both in terms of tangible end product.
Guardiola has devised the perfect system for his wingers to prosper as both providers and eventual goalscorers, with their consistent arrival at the back post from either flank resulting in continued success.
With Sterling being the more senior of the pair at only 23, there are considerable years left in the tank – and so the new SAS should be delivering for a few seasons yet!
Keeping the momentum rolling
Guardiola is still showing no signs of allowing his team to let up in their three remaining fixtures, especially ahead of their official trophy presentation when they play host to Huddersfield.
After the 16th-placed Terriers, City’s remaining fixtures are against the teams currently placed 14th and 18th in Brighton and Southampton, and a 100% record in these will smash the Blues’ through a never-before-seen triple-figure points total.
Despite suffering a setback in their quest to reach the latter stages of European competition, the numbers clocked up on domestic soil have been nothing short of astonishing – and an end to the season in line with what has been seen so far will be a real signal of intent to their nearest rivals that City are looking to lay down the foundations for a period of sustained dominance.