Guardiola happy as City crush Hammers

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Pep Guardiola hailed the performance of his players as they beat West Ham United 4-1 in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Pep Guardiola hailed the performance of his players as they beat West Ham United 4-1 in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Fielding a mixture of youth and experience, City made light of this week’s travel problems, and in hot and humid conditions they came from behind to comfortably beat the Hammers in their Premier League Asia Trophy opener.

A Mark Noble penalty gave the Hammers a 25th-minute lead but City overhauled that deficit with two goals in 11 minutes courtesy of David Silva and a Lukas Nmecha spot-kick.

A Raheem Sterling double completed City’s victory after the break, and even though West Ham hit the post late on through Andriy Yarmolenko, Guardiola was happy with his team’s efforts.

‘All 22 players made an incredible effort to play in these conditions.

It’s really tough for them,’ said Guardiola.

On a night when new signing Rodri made his debut, there was also an impressive performance from Leroy Sane, who showed he could be ready to battle for his place this season.

City will now face Wolves in Saturday’s final after Nuno Espirito Santo’s men hammered Newcastle 4-0 also on Wednesday.

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