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Talking Points: City 3-0 West Ham

NO ENTRY: Vincent Kompany blocks a West Ham attack

NO ENTRY: Vincent Kompany blocks a West Ham attack

The curtain came down on Manchester City’s pre-season with an impressive 3-0 win over West Ham United in Iceland. It was the Blues’ third victory in succession and Club journalist Rob Pollard has taken a closer look at the game.

Attacking quality 

This game was another example of City’s attacking capability.

Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were given creative midfield roles, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero were paired together in attack, and Leroy Sane and Danilo offered pace and width down the flanks.

It’s a bold approach from Pep Guardiola to play so many offensive players and with that much quality going forward, expect plenty of goals from City next season.

Silva service

The game with West Ham saw Bernardo Silva make his first appearance in a City shirt as a second-half substitute.

The midfielder, signed from Monaco this summer after a hugely impressive campaign for the Ligue 1 champions, is short of match sharpness having been given an extended holiday to recuperate from his Confederations Cup exertions – but he still managed to show his quality during his 30-minute cameo.

He is a player with an almost innate understanding of the game. He sees things others don’t, and his touch and vision means he rarely loses possession.

Getting him fully match fit will be high on Guardiola’s list of priorities in the coming weeks. He could be key. 

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Squad strength

City made a total of 10 substitutions in the second half as Guardiola tried to give as many of his players a run out as he could.

But the wholesale changes barely affected their performance level. City were superior to West Ham right up until the final whistle, with the likes of Bernardo, Brahim Diaz, Sterling and Phil Foden all impressing after coming on.

It bodes well ahead of the new campaign. City have a mix of youth and experience, with quality right across the squad. They now have a squad that looks capable of challenging on multiple fronts. 

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Pre-season a huge success

City’s pre-season has undoubtedly been a success.

The two-week tour of the US was ideal preparation. Three highly competitive matches in front of large crowds, as well as a number of intensive training session at world-class facilities, meant the players returned to Manchester in much better shape than when they departed. 

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They followed that with three days training at the CFA before flying to Iceland for their final match with West Ham, again producing another impressive performance.

Nothing is won in pre-season and the players are unlikely to rest on their laurels, but the last three weeks have provided solid groundwork for the new campaign. 

Media Watch

Star-man Sane impresses against Hammers

ON FORM: Leroy earned plaudits for his performance against West Ham.

With Manchester City’s pre-season schedule complete, the media focus has switched to what we might expect when the real action begins next weekend.

Reaction from Iceland.

First Team News

Fernando joins Galatasaray

GOOD LUCK: Fernando leaves the Club after three seasons.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando has joined Galatasaray from Manchester City on a permanent deal.

He made 101 appearances for the Club over a three-year period, scoring four times.

Match Report

Classy City cruise past West Ham

ON TARGET: Gabriel Jesus opens the scoring for City against West Ham in Reykjavik

Manchester City ended their pre-season with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham United at the Laugardalsvöllur Stadium in Reykjavik.

Match report from Man City's game with West Ham in Iceland