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City enjoy record-setting night against West Ham

City enjoy record-setting night against West Ham
It was an evening of statistical significance as Manchester City overcame West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte and Rodrigo, as well as Pep Guardiola, all achieved notable landmarks against the Hammers, on a night in which the defending Premier League champions were scarcely troubled.

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De Bruyne had a hand in both goals as he reinforced his status as one of the most potent attacking outlets in the country, whilst Laporte and Rodrigo etched their names into the record books.

The Frenchman was making his 50th Premier League appearance, of which he has been on the winning side 43 times, which is the best record from a half-century of games in the competition’s history.

And he eclipsed some illustrious names to claim top spot, with Ederson having previously jointly held the record alongside Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben, all of whom won 42 of their first 50 matches.

Rodrigo, meanwhile, was busy out passing West Ham.

The metronome at the base of our midfield attempted 188 passes and completed 178 of them, 11 more than David Moyes’ side managed.

Both statistics – attempted and completed passes – are the highest number achieved in a single Premier League match since such data began being collected in the 2003/04 season.

The Spaniard, who nodded in our opening goal, brought up a hat-trick of records with his 196 touches, which, again, is more than anyone else has managed since statistics were first made available.

There were no records for De Bruyne, but it was another game in which he highlighted his remarkable range of talents.

He teed Rodrigo up for our first before firing past Lukasz Fabianski for the second, which saw him move clear at the top of the charts for combined goals and assists this season.

The 28-year-old has hit the back of the net eight times and laid on 16 goals for his team-mates and his total of 24 is three greater than second-placed Jamie Vardy.

And, what about the boss?

Well, Pep achieved a personal milestone at the expense of West Ham.

He has been victorious in each of the nine games he has faced the East London outfit, his best 100% win rate in all competitions as City manager.

His previous best was eight wins from eight matches against Watford.

All in all, it was a good night’s work for our boys!

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