Kevin de Bruyne made one goal and scored some other as Manchester City without issues saw off West Ham in their first game since being banned from European competition for two years by Uefa.
Friday’s punishment – which City say they will appeal in opposition to at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – has cast a shadow over the club’s future however added a defiant reaction from their followers inside the ground.
There were famous anti-Uefa chants in the first half, with the loudest coming just after Rodri had met Kevin de Bruyne’s nook at the close to post to break the deadlock with a flicked header that Aymeric Laporte may additionally have helped over the line.
City’s supporters had delivered banners too, with some analyzing ‘Uefa cartel’ and ‘Uefa mafia’, and there have been also loads of songs in aid of manager Pep Guardiola and the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour.
On the pitch, the City players truely did now not appear to be lacking any focus and solely some poor finishing, in particular by Gabriel Jesus, stopped this from being a lots more satisfied Premier League victory.
West Ham presented little in response, managing only 5 touches in the opposition area, and failing to register a single shot at goal until Michail Antonio blasted over with 15 minutes left.
The Hammers remain in the relegation zone, a point adrift of safety after a run of six league games without a win and with a trip to Anfield looming on Monday as their subsequent test.
At the other end of the table, Guardiola’s side are now four points clear of third-placed Leicester however even this win leaves them a far-off 2nd to leaders Liverpool, who are 22 points clear with 12 games remaining.
Off the pitch, City are actually up for the battle then again they will have to be the equal on it, with three competitions however up for grabs even though the defence of their Premier League title is all but over.
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