City leave trail of destruction as West Ham win edges them closer to PL records

They are chasing records and do not care about the trail of destruction left in their wake.

Manchester City destroyed West Ham, completely humiliated them and dragged them back into the relegation dogfight in the process.

Pep Guardiola’s imperious champions now need just one more win to overtake Chelsea’s record haul of 95 points and one more goal to equal Chelsea’s record goal haul of 103.

City need one more win to set a new record of the most wins and Guardiola said: “We have the chance to be the best team in Premier League history.”

This City team deserves to break records and write themselves into the history books and yet West Ham are a club heading towards the abyss.

West Ham have now conceded 67 goals, more than any other club in the Premier League and, with three games left, they are in genuine danger of going down.

They have got Leicester away and then home games with Manchester United and Everton but, playing like this, it is hard to see them picking up another win. Can you just imagine Big Sam sending them down on the final day?

West Ham were a shambles defensively, City had 75 per cent possession and Aaron Cresswell’s free kick was the home side’s only shot on target.

If City had not taken their foot off the gas and the second half become a training exercise then West Ham would have suffered an even bigger defeat.

As it is, West Ham have got a worse goal difference than Southampton who are just three points behind and in the relegation zone.

West Ham sold their fans a dream when they left Upton Park and yet by full time most had already left the soulless stadium as they had long since seen enough.

The lack of passion and intensity from West Ham’s players was frightening considering they are supposedly in a fight for survival. Being outclassed is one thing, showing a lack of spirit is quite another.

It would be so easy for City to ease off having got the job done but Guardiola’s standards would never allow it. And it was Raheem Sterling who stole the show with a superb man-of-the-match performance with three assists and his pace terrorised West Ham.

Sterling simply had too much for West Ham, they could not handle his movement or quality even though Moyes set up with a back five – and they still could not stop City.

Sterling provided the first for Leroy Sane’s opening goal, the Germany winger’s shot was horribly deflected off Patrice Evra and then flew past West Ham keeper Adrian who played because Joe Hart was ineligible.

Adrian looked furious, screaming “the first shot.” It soon got worse as City got a second after 27 minutes. Sterling’s pace opened West Ham up, Kevin De Bruyne’s low cross caused havoc, Adrian got a touch and the ball deflected in off Pablo Zabaleta via Declan Rice.

City were lucky not to concede a penalty after Ilkay Gundogan tripped Edmilson Fernandes. Referee Neil Swarbrick gave a free-kick even though it was clearly inside the box but Cresswell dished out punishment as he curled a brilliant shot inside keeper Ederson’s near post.

West Ham might have expected it to be game on. But City came out for the second half in even more ruthless mood. Sterling’s brilliant run tore West Ham apart, he then played in Gabriel Jesus who finished from close range after 53 minutes.

Sterling should have won a penalty after his turn deceived Cresswell but referee Swarbrick somehow waved the appeals away. But Sterling had the final say, this time setting up Fernandinho who stormed into the box and fired home for a fourth after 64 minutes.

City are on course to break every record going while, if they are not careful, West Ham will go down without much of a fight.

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