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Sterling hat-trick, 5 goals & a clean sheet, and still Man City’s boss demanded more. Here are 2 things he would have learnt

The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things we learnt from watching Pep Guardiola’s Man City side that beat West Ham 5-0 at the weekend.

The opening weekend of the Premier League always brings surprises and the opening weekend of the league and this one was full of goals. With Manchester City’s closest competition, Liverpool winning 4-1 the night before, it was a goal war on the opening weekend to determine who would go to the top of the league at this early stage.

There was some VAR drama in the game although the decision was seemingly right and an awful penalty taken by Aguero got fans talking, it was a good job he got a chance to retake it.

So aside from these factors, what could be learned from the team’s performance this weekend?

Leroy Sané

When the news came in that Sané would be put for some time while he undergoes surgery due to an injury, it was a big blow. He had looked positive in pre-season and was expected to be a big part of the season for the Blues. Speculation started to grow to who would start and in what position for Man City.

I predicted that Sterling would drop to a wing position and Jesus could go upfront alone. This is exactly what happened and Man City still performed brilliantly. Jesus got on the score sheet and Raheem Sterling managed a hat-trick which was brilliant for my fantasy football team. This shows that the team can produce that same level of football without a key asset.

Training Standards

Off the back of my first point, this also proves that Pep Guardiola’s side has training standards higher than any other Premier League team. This is because other teams could have a player out injured and you’d be able to tell. With this Man City side, I honestly believe that there’s always someone else that can cover or drop into a position and perform to the same standard.

Look at when Kevin De Bruyne was out and Bernardo Silva had to reinvent himself, they still won the league. Vincent Kompany has left yet the defence is still tight. Guardiola apparently still had improvements that he wanted his squad to go over after Saturday’s performance, which is why his players always give it their all. The pressure clearly makes them strive and this is why they will win the league once again this season.

A Major Loss: Two players that could fill Sané’s role this season for Man City

After looking promising in pre-season, Leroy Sané’s season is now in jeopardy for Man City as he has sustained an injury already.

Yesterday, Pep Guardiola revealed that when Sané went off with an injury after 13 minutes in the Community Shield, he may now be out for up to 7 months. He has apparently torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery.

This is a big blow as pre-season have fans a glimpse of his growing talent that should have seen him be a big part of Man City’s season. Now that the transfer window is closed and the season starts this weekend, what plan could Pep Guardiola come up with to solve the Sané shaped hole?

Raheem Sterling

He has known to be a big contribution to Man City’s goal-scoring tally. Guardiola may now get him to move into a winger position and have Aguero and Jesus upfront. All three will no doubt be big goal scorers for the club, they’ll just have to shuffle around a little. Jesus is also capable of filling that winger position if needed and could help to fill the role as they are both known to be hungry for goals.

Bernardo Silva

Silva is a versatile player who was able to cover for Kevin De Bruyne last season when he was out. There’s a chance that Guardiola may ask him to reinvent himself once again and fill that winger position. It’s a big ask, however, the Man City squad is one of which players are known for being capable of switching it up and adapting to change. Silva has proven that in the past so it is an option if there are any problems with this plan, he can also rotate with Sterling and Riyad Mahrez who could also cover the wings.