Manchester City returned to winning ways after a tumultuous week off the field with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday.
Postponed by 10 days due to Storm Ciara, the champions let their football do the talking with a display of attacking dominance in their first game since receiving a two-season ban from all UEFA competition.
Rodri opened the scoring on the half hour with his first Etihad Stadium goal before Kevin de Bruyne wrapped up the three points after the hour as Pep Guardiola’s side consolidated second in the Premier League by moving four points clear of third-place Leicester, who they face on Saturday.
For West Ham and David Moyes, their failure to register a single attempt on target on their way to a fourth league defeat in six leaves the Hammers in the relegation zone and in desperate need of points.
City Let Their Football Do The Talking
It took just six minutes for City to carve through the West Ham defence. David Silva threaded a sumptuous ball through the eye of a needle to release Gabriel Jesus through on goal, but the Brazilian opted against shooting first time and was dispossessed by Ryan Fredericks as he tried to round Lukasz Fabianski.
Sergio Aguero flashed an improvised shot with the outside of his boot wide moments later as City bombarded the West Ham goal in search of the early breakthrough.