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Manchester City Show No Signs Of Easing Up In Hunt For Records

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal with Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on April 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester City Show No Signs Of Easing Up In Hunt For Records

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed the “incredible” numbers produced by his side as they reached 100 Premier League goals for the season with a 4-1 win at struggling West Ham.

The champions’ emphatic victory at London Stadium left the Hammers in a precarious position above the relegation zone.

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“The numbers are a consequence of what we have done,” Guardiola said.

“We are so happy to be getting close to history. We will try to surpass the number of goals and points.

“We wanted to win today so that we can get the record of 96 points at home when we get the trophy in front of our people next week.”

Manchester City – who are now on 93 points – took the lead when Leroy Sane’s shot deflected off the head of Patrice Evra and wrong-footed Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

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A series of West Ham defensive mishaps culminated in a Pablo Zabaleta own goal which gave City a two-goal advantage and saw them reach the landmark century.

Aaron Cresswell gave the Hammers a foothold in the game shortly before the break when he curled home a free-kick inside Ederson’s near post.

However, inspired by a brilliant performance from Raheem Sterling, City reasserted their control of the contest early in the second half.

Having earlier teed up Sane, Sterling claimed a hat-trick of assists after the break when he set up Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho to finish clinically from inside the box.

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West Ham are three points clear of 18th-placed Southampton, who occupy the final relegation place.

City’s second goal took their tally to 100 goals in 35 games this season as they became the fastest team to the milestone since Everton achieved it in 32 games in the 1931-32 season.

It was perhaps a little unfortunate the landmark moment came courtesy of some shambolic West Ham defending rather than a piece of City play.

Guardiola said in the wake of City’s 5-0 thrashing of Swansea that chasing records would keep them focused on the remainder of the season.

City’s players were true to his word as they continued to play with swagger and determination despite the title being won.

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The margin of victory could have been greater, with Sterling denied what looked a clear penalty after a mistimed challenge from Cresswell.

Two more goals and three more points and City will break two of Chelsea’s Premier League records.

Equally sweet for Guardiola will be the fact he takes them from two of his managerial rivals.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea won 95 points in 2004-05 while Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues netted 103 goals in the 2009-10 season.

At London Stadium, Manchester City showed no signs of easing up.

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