Manchester City’s Premier League campaign got off to a flier as they defeated West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns 3-0.
Yaya Toure’s scored a brace in the first half of play before Captain Vincent Kompany sealed the victory with a thumping header to give the visitors the maximum points in their season opener.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side needed to make a statement of intent in their league opener and did so with the long-striding central midfielder Toure leaving the West Brom players floundering in his wake on numerous occasions with powerful runs and incisive passing.
Toure put City in front as early as the 9th minute after his shot seemed to have been deflected off team-mate David Silva and go through Craig Dawson’s legs before trickling over the line. He then extended their lead in the 29th minute after a nice inter-change of pass with compatriot Wilfried Bony before he curled a shot into the top corner.
West Brom looked more organized in the second half but failed to test Joe Hart who had a quiet evening.
City’s captain Vincent Kompany, sealed the victory after he completely out jumped his former team-mate Joleon Lescott, with the ball clipping his shoulder and going in at the far post.
City’s new boy Raheem Sterling should have had his name on the scoreboard but failed to capitalize on a tantalizing through pass from David Silva. Sterling was lively all evening before being replaced on the 74th minute.
City host Chelsea next Sunday and the only negative for them was when Toure went off late on with an apparent groin injury.