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Sterling's treble ensures City get off to flying start in title defence

West Ham United 0 Manchester City 5

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling

By Andy Sims

Raheem Sterling revelled in a perfect start to the season following his opening day hat-trick at West Ham.

The England forward helped fire champions Manchester City to a 5-0 win at the London Stadium on Saturday.

"It feels good but the important thing was starting well as a team and getting the win and the three points," Sterling said.

"It's always good to score goals but at the same time you want to get a run of clean sheets going as well and long may it continue."

Sterling has already been tipped as a contender for this season's Golden Boot, but he added: "It's early days. It's about enjoying it and keeping winning - that's the most important thing."

Gabriel Jesus put City into a first half lead and had another disallowed - the first goal to be ruled out by VAR in the Premier League - while Sergio Aguero got off the mark with a twice-taken penalty.

It was a chastening start to the season for West Ham, who have spent more than £70m over the summer but were left chasing shadows in the second half.

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