Man City manager Pep Guardiola: We’re not yet at our best.

City got their title defence off to a winning start.

Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start by thrashing West Ham 5-0 at the London stadium on Saturday, and following the game Pep Guardiola said he was pleased with his side’s display, adding there is still room for improvement.

Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero gave City their first win and Pep labelled it a perfect start to the campaign as he praised his players.

"In terms of five goals, it is the perfect start, yes," Guardiola told a news conference. "But the performance of the first half was far away from where we want to be. The other [half] is normal.

"We are still not in the top condition and I knew that we missed and lost a lot of simple balls, so it's so difficult to have a good tempo of our game.

"Today Raheem scored and Bernardo [Silva] is going to score and it was an incredible performance today from Riyad Mahrez, an incredible level.

"I think in all of the pre-season games [Sterling] scored goals from the beginning, so every single game he scored a goal.

"But in the first half, he can do better."

City have now won their past nine opening fixtures in the Premier League, a run stretching back to the 2011-12 season.

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