Haaland shines on his debut, while Gundogan dazzles as Man City kicks off the season at West Ham.

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Senior Writer Mark Ogden for ESPN FC In London Dear Erling Haaland , welcome to the Premier League! In the reigning champions’ season opener against West Ham, the key summer acquisition from Borussia Dortmund scored both goals, including a penalty, to earn Man City a 2-0 victory.

– Score: Man City 0–2 West Ham | Premier League table | Upcoming fixtures

Mark Ogden of ESPN has the response to Pep Guardiola’s team’s easy victory in London.

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QUICK REACTION Haaland debuts in the Premier League with a fairytale start.

Erling Haaland has to make a significant effect as soon as possible after his 51 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund because he has a lot of burden on his shoulders at Manchester City this season. In the end, making his Premier League debut by scoring twice wasn’t a bad move.

The 22-year-old still needs to demonstrate that he is as excellent as his reputation suggests, and that is where the pressure will primarily come from, even though Haaland’s cost is likely to be seen as a bargain in the current game. Additionally, failing to score against West Ham would have only increased expectations after failing to score — despite missing several clear-cut opportunities — in the Community Shield loss to Liverpool last week. However, Haaland scored both goals as City made a victorious start to their championship defense, demonstrating why he will be a valuable addition to Pep Guardiola’s squad.

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His first came from the penalty spot after Erling Haaland 0 recognized his deft move behind the Hammers defense. Haaland earned the penalty after displaying exceptional quickness to beat Hammers replacement goalie Erling Haaland 1 to the ball and convert it with a spot-on penalty that nestled in the corner of the goal. His second goal, though, was a typical striker’s goal that demonstrated his quickness, agility, and fearlessness in beating the keeper in a one-on-one match. Haaland beat Areola with a left-footed shot into the far corner as he raced on to Erling Haaland 2’s defense-splitting ball to clinch City’s victory.

Haaland was brought in to help City win crucial games and score whenever he wanted in the other games. It is reasonable to say that he is already performing his duties.

a warning for the remainder of the Premier League

Manchester City lost their first game of the previous campaign, a 1-0 loss at Tottenham in London. However, a year later, they returned to the city and began with a faultless victory against West Ham, which will have their opponents worried about how to stay up with Pep Guardiola’s club.

Despite the fact that City beat Liverpool on the last day of the previous season’s title race, Guardiola’s squad struggled to get out to a fast start, winning just four of their first seven games. The trailing pack will have to run hard just to keep up, though, if their polished display against West Ham is any indication of what’s to come.

In the victory at the London Stadium, there was unquestionably no rust. The new player got off to a strong start with two goals from Erling Haaland, giving a squad that had already scored a lot more power. Both Erling Haaland 3 and Kevin De Bruyne were dominant at the back. There were occasions when City controlled more than 75% of the ball during the game, overpowering a West Ham club who came close to finishing in the top six last year. City had a difficult beginning, but they made it seem simple.

The majority of the Premier League has little chance if they can so easily destroy West Ham.
Rice will be a concern for West Ham until the deadline.

Although West Ham has spent more than $100 million on new hires so far this summer, maintaining Erling Haaland 4 has proven to be their most crucial acquisition—at least for the time being.

The 23-year-old, who was designated club captain when Mark Noble retired, had a standout season for the Hammers as they advanced to the Europa League semifinals the previous year. Against City, he was once again a key player for David Moyes’ team. Despite the intense heat on the first weekend, Rice—the epitome of an all-action midfielder—was still running relentlessly from box to box, winning tackles and making important interceptions.

However, even though Rice is still a member of West Ham, a bigger, wealthier team still has time to make a move for the England international this month. Two clubs in particular — Chelsea and Manchester United — have long admired Rice and both still need midfield reinforcements. If Rice does not reach an agreement on a new contract by the August 31 transfer deadline, West Ham may be forced to offload him next summer. However, if a sizable bid comes in before that date, it may be tempting for both parties to complete the transfer. If Rice continued playing as he did against City, United or Chelsea would immediately benefit.

West Ham’s player ratings are as follows: Erling Haaland 5, Erling Haaland 6, Erling Haaland 7, Erling Haaland 8, Erling Haaland 9, Declan Rice, Premier League table 0, Premier League table 1, Premier League table 2, Premier League table 3, and Premier League table 4. Alphonse Areola 5, Premier League table 5 6, Premier League table 6 5, Premier League table 7 5, Premier League table 8 5 are the substitutes.

Man City: Premier League table 9 7; Upcoming fixtures 0 7; Upcoming fixtures 1 7; Joao Cancelo 7; Ilkay Gundogan 9; Upcoming fixtures 2 7; Kevin de Bruyne 8; Upcoming fixtures 3 7; Erling Haaland 8; and Upcoming fixtures 4 7 (in that order). Alternates: Julian Alvarez 6, Upcoming fixtures 6 6, Upcoming fixtures 5 6

PERFORMERS WHO DID THE BEST AND WORST Ilkay Gundogan, Man City

Ilkay Gundogan is a key member of Guardiola’s all-star lineup, and the German midfielder controlled the game at the London Stadium. Even though Haaland’s first-half ball for him resulted in a penalty from which City took the lead, only a player with Gundogan’s level of intelligence could come up with a pass to make the run pay off.

Alphonse Areola of West Ham, worst

Since it’s never simple for a substitute goalie to come off the bench and start the game, West Ham keeper Areola at least has that to blame for his lackluster performance. However, seven minutes after coming in, the former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, who had taken over for the injured Lukasz Fabianski, raced off his line and fouled Haaland with a careless dive, earning City the opening goal.

The No. 2 for the Hammers also had a forgettable day as Haaland defeated him too easily for City’s second goal.
Highlights and significant events Haaland garners the most attention for an almost faultless Premier League debut.

energizing the crowd Upcoming fixtures 7, Upcoming fixtures 8, and Upcoming fixtures 9

League of Legends (@leagueoflegends) Player ratings 0 Meanwhile, take it from one legendary goal scorer about another: The former England and Tottenham star himself would know most about what it takes to be a top forward.

Upcoming fixtures 8: He is unstoppable. A true striker with a high goal production rate. an extraordinary talent.

Gary Lineker Player ratings 1 on Twitter WHAT THE MANAGERS AND PLAYERS SAID AFTER THE GAME “I’m pleased because there were some enjoyable festivities. It’s great that “my father, Alfie Haaland,” was able to witness both goals because it’s an important milestone for me as a competitive rookie. I have to keep going because I haven’t scored since approximately 30 minutes ago.” Erling Haaland, a forward for Man City

TOPIC STATS (PROVIDED BY ESPN STATS ANDAMP; INFORMATION) For the third consecutive year, Erling Haaland scored in his team’s league opening in the Premier League (scored braces in the last two season openers with Dortmund). In addition, he joins Player ratings 2 from August 2011 as the second Manchester City player to score two goals on his Premier League debut.

The last time Manchester City lost on the road was at Tottenham, extending their club-record PL unbeaten streak to 19 games (15-0-4). (August 2021).

Manchester City equaled for the greatest active unbeaten record against a single opponent when they defeated West Ham, extending their Premier League unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3). (14, vs. Fulham ).

Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City has won six of its first seven Premier League games. West Ham, on the other hand, has done the opposite, dropping six of their last seven games.

In the season’s first game, Manchester City defeated West Ham in all four games in the top division (13-0 on aggregate).

NEXT UP West Ham: The Hammers have three games scheduled over the next two weeks, so they won’t have much time to relax. After playing the first leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League playoff opponent at home on August 18, they travel to newly promoted Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on August 14 before hosting Brighton in the league on August 21. (Who is their Europa foe? Either Viborg of Denmark or the defending Faroe Islands champions B36 Torshavn, albeit the latter is down 3-0 after two legs.)

Man City: Guardiola and Co. face Bournemouth in their home opener on Saturday before traveling to Newcastle on August 21. The road ahead appears to be reasonably doable for Guardiola and Co.

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