Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Pep Guardiola On VAR After Man City's Big Win

Pep Guardiola On VAR After Man City's Big Win

The system was given quite a workout at the London Stadium, with several decisions reviewed, including City's Jesus having a goal disallowed for offside against Sterling, while Aguero was able to score a retaken penalty after his initial saved spot-kick featured West Ham encroachment.

Out on the pitch, Pep Guardiola's side are sure to find even greater fluency in the weeks ahead, which is as ominous as it sounds for the rest of the Premier League, particularly with a fully fit Kevin De Bruyne to call upon.

A couple of minutes later, City did make it three as Sterling stole into the box and skilfully lifted the ball over the keeper.

City doubled their lead through Sterling and, after Jesus had seen his potential second chalked off by VAR, technology ensured the England international's second did count before he added a third late on, following Aguero's penalty.

However, despite seeing his side fall to a heavy defeat, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said the use of VAR was beneficial to Saturday's game.

The video staff were busy again in the 84th minute when City were awarded a penalty for Issa Diop's foul on Riyad Mahrez. Sane joined Silva on three goals at London Stadium by full-time - a stunning piece of skill leaving Fabian Balbuena prone to make it 3-0.

Leroy Sane's effort and an own goal from former City favourite Pablo Zabaleta had City in control and, although Aaron Cresswell pulled it back to 2-1, Jesus restored the two-goal cushion before Fernandinho wrapped up victory as Guardiola's men hungrily chased down their historic 100-point haul.

Everton's investments have raised hopes of a top-six challenge but they had to settle for a point at Crystal Palace after missing a series of chances in a 0-0 draw.

"We lost a little bit, the instant?" said Guardiola, according to the Mirror. "In the first half we were sloppy with our passes", Guardiola said. "The rhythm was not there but that's normal for the first game".

But they were behind on 25 minutes when Jesus squeezed the ball home from an acute angle following good work by Kyle Walker down the right flank.

Ashley Barnes struck twice as Sean Dyche's Burnley beat Southampton 3-0 in a meeting of two of last season's strugglers at a wet and windswept Turf Moor. Crystal Palace's wantaway star Wilfried Zaha put his grievances with the club's hierarchy behind him to make an appearance as a second-half substitute against Everton, but neither side could break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.

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