Manchester City Defeat Won't Define Our Season, Says West Ham Star

Sergio AGUERO misses penalty, retakes it, scores for Manchester City

Sergio AGUERO misses penalty, retakes it, scores for Manchester City

RAHEEM STERLING revelled in a flawless start to the season following his opening-day hat-trick at West Ham.

England worldwide Sterling scored a superb hat-trick as the champions kicked off their Premier League defence with a convincing 5-0 victory at West Ham United.

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Raheem Sterling's hat-trick and one each from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus saw the Citizens off to a flying start.

However, the Spaniard, who is hoping to win his third consecutive EPL title at the end of this season believes the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is killing the passion in football. However, the VAR adjudged Sterling had been offside.

City also became the first team in Premier League history to have a goal disallowed by VAR, and the first team to retake a penalty after an opponent's encroachment.

The England captain's two late goals mean he has now scored six goals in as many Premier League games against the Villains.

"In terms of the result, yes", said Guardiola, who nevertheless said he was unhappy with aspects of the performance.

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"The rhythm was not there but that's normal for the first game".

"Especially in the first half, I was happy with the way we played".

"It's hard to talk when you lose 5-0 in a game, but I don't think the score reflected the difference between the two teams".

"As long as he's training hard and playing as hard as he can, that's all we can ask for".

Elsewhere, Brighton beat Watford 3-0 in a dream debut for new manager Graham Potter.

"It the first half the game was close".

Chris Mepham put the Cherries in front just after the hour mark on the south coast, but Billy Sharp's strike two minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Blades.

The Reds scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes for the first time since February 2014 when they were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes against Arsenal.

Manchester United's resounding Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday was their biggest top-flight victory over the Blues in 54 years.

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