Haaland’s sensible debut, Gundogan dazzles as Man Metropolis open season with dominant win at West Ham
LONDON — Welcome to the Premier League, Erling Haaland! The large summer time arrival from Borussia Dortmund scored each targets — together with a penalty — to provide the defending champions, Man Metropolis, a 2-0 win away to West Ham of their season-opener.
ESPN’s Mark Ogden has the response from a snug away win for Pep Guardiola’s facet in London.
Haaland makes dream begin in Premier League debut
Erling Haaland has big strain on his shoulders at Manchester City this season, that means he needed to make a huge impact as rapidly as doable following his £51 million switch from Borussia Dortmund. In the long run, scoring twice on his Premier League debut wasn’t a nasty strategy to introduce himself.
Whereas Haaland’s price is prone to be thought to be a cut price within the fashionable sport, the 22-year-old nonetheless has to show he’s pretty much as good as his status suggests and that’s the place the strain will largely come from. And after failing to attain — whereas lacking some simple probabilities — within the Neighborhood Defend defeat towards Liverpool final week, a failure to attain towards West Ham would have solely intensified the expectation. However Haaland scored each targets as champions Metropolis made a successful begin to the defence of their title and their star signing confirmed that he can be an enormous asset to Pep Guardiola’s crew.
His first was from the penalty spot after his intelligent run behind the Hammers defence was picked out by Ilkay Gundogan. After displaying spectacular tempo to beat Hammers’ substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to the ball and earn the penalty, Haaland despatched him the incorrect means from the spot with a exact penalty that nestled within the nook of the web. In the meantime, his second was a traditional striker’s purpose, one which underlined his tempo, motion and nerveless potential to beat a keeper in a one-on-one state of affairs. Racing on to Kevin De Bruyne‘s defence-splitting move, Haaland was in a position to open his physique up and beat Areola with a left-foot shot into the far nook that sealed Metropolis’s win.
Haaland was signed to make the distinction within the huge video games for Metropolis and rating at will within the others. It is honest to say he’s already residing as much as the job description.
An ominous efficiency by Man Metropolis
Manchester Metropolis misplaced their opening sport of final season with a 1-0 defeat in London at Tottenham, however 12 months on, they returned to the capital and began with a flawless 2-0 win at West Ham that can have already got their rivals worrying about the best way to hold tempo with Pep Guardiola’s crew.
Final season’s false begin did not make a distinction to the end result of the title race, with Metropolis ending forward of Liverpool on the ultimate day, however Guardiola’s crew have been gradual out of the blocks, successful simply 4 of their first seven video games. If their slick efficiency towards West Ham is a gauge of what’s to return, nonetheless, the chasing pack should dash simply to maintain up.
There was definitely no rust within the win on the London Stadium. Erling Haaland’s two targets received the brand new signing off the mark and he has added higher efficiency to a crew that already scored loads. Kevin De Bruyne was excellent and Ruben Dias imposing on the again. By way of dominating the sport, there have been occasions when Metropolis had greater than 75% of possession, and this was towards a West Ham crew that just about clinched a top-six end final season. It was no simple begin for Metropolis, however they made it look easy.
If they will blow West Ham away with such ease, the vast majority of the Premier League do not stand an opportunity.
West Ham will fear about Rice till deadline day
West Ham have spent over £100 million on new signings up to now this summer time, however their most necessary piece of enterprise has been conserving Declan Rice — for now, not less than.
The 23-year-old, named membership captain following Mark Noble’s retirement, had an excellent season for the Hammers as they reached the Europa League semifinals final time period and he was as soon as once more the important thing man for David Moyes’s crew towards Metropolis. Rice is the definition of an all-action midfielder and regardless of the searing warmth on the opening weekend, he was nonetheless working tirelessly from box-to-box, successful tackles and making essential interceptions.
However though he stays a West Ham participant, there’s nonetheless time for an even bigger, wealthier membership to make a transfer for the England worldwide this month and there are two particularly — Chelsea and Manchester United — who’ve been long-term admirers of Rice and who each nonetheless want midfield reinforcements. With two years left to run on his contract, West Ham could have to dump Rice subsequent summer time if he fails to agree a brand new deal, but when a giant provide is available in earlier than the Aug. 31 switch deadline, it might be tempting for each West Ham and Rice to make the transfer occur. However on the proof of his efficiency towards Metropolis, Rice would immediately enhance United or Chelsea.
West Ham: Lukasz Fabianski 6; Vladimir Coufal 6, Ben Johnson 6, Kurt Zouma 6, Aaron Cresswell 5; Declan Rice 8, Tomas Soucek 7; Jarrod Bowen 7, Manuel Lanzini 5, Pablo Fornals 5; Michail Antonio 5.
Subs: Alphonse Areola 5, Said Benrahma 6, Gianluca Scamacca 5, Flynn Downes 5, Conor Coventry 5.
Man Metropolis: Ederson 7; Kyle Walker 7, Ruben Dias 7, Nathan Ake 7, Joao Cancelo 7; Ilkay Gundogan 9, Rodri 7, Kevin de Bruyne 8; Phil Foden 7, Erling Haaland 8, Jack Grealish 7.
Subs: Bernardo Silva 6, Julian Alvarez 6, Riyad Mahrez 6
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Ilkay Gundogan, Man Metropolis
Guardiola’s crew of all-stars is all the time higher when Ilkay Gundogan is within the facet and the Germany midfielder ran the sport for Guardiola on the London Stadium. His move for Haaland within the first-half led to the ahead successful a penalty from which Metropolis took the lead and, though it was a intelligent run by the Norway worldwide, solely a participant as clever as Gundogan might produce a move to make the run repay.
WORST: Alphonse Areola, West Ham
It is by no means a straightforward process for a substitute goalkeeper to enter the sport chilly from the bench, so West Ham keeper Areola can not less than level to his lack of preparation for his below-par efficiency. However the former Paris Saint-Germain keeper, who changed the injured Lukasz Fabianski on 29 minutes, gifted Metropolis the opening purpose simply seven minutes after occurring when he raced off his line and fouled Erling Haaland with a reckless dive that resulted within the penalty from which the ahead scored.
He was additionally overwhelmed too simply by Haaland for Metropolis’s second, marking a day to overlook for the Hammers quantity two.
Highlights and notable moments
Haaland clearly takes the headlines for an virtually flawless Premier League debut.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 7, 2022
In the meantime, take it from one legendary goalscorer about one other: if anybody is aware of what it takes to be an elite ahead, it will be the previous England and Tottenham star himself…
He is unstoppable is @ErlingHaaland. A correct striker whose purpose scoring numbers can be big. A very prodigious expertise.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) August 7, 2022
After the match: What the managers, gamers mentioned
“There have been some good celebrations, so I am pleased. Nice that he [Dad – Alfie] noticed each targets as it’s a huge second for me as a debutant on this competitors. Additionally, it has been virtually half-hour since I scored the final purpose so I’ve to maintain going.” — Man Metropolis ahead Erling Haaland
Key Stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)
Erling Haaland scores in his Premier League debut; that is the third straight season that he is scored in his crew’s league opener (scored braces within the final 2 season openers with Dortmund). He is additionally the second Manchester Metropolis participant to attain a brace on his Premier League debut, following Sergio Aguero in Aug. 2011
Manchester Metropolis prolong their club-record street PL unbeaten streak to 19 video games (15-0-4 W-L-D); their final such loss was at Tottenham (Aug. 2021)
Manchester Metropolis prolong their Premier League unbeaten streak vs West Ham to 14 video games (11-0-3 W-L-D), tied for its longest such energetic streak vs. a single opponent. (14, vs. Fulham)
Manchester Metropolis have gained 6 of its 7 opening PL video games below Pep Guardiola. In the meantime, their opponents West Ham have finished the other, shedding 6 of its final 7 opening Premier League video games
Manchester Metropolis: gained all 4 top-flight conferences vs West Ham within the opening sport of the season (13-0 on mixture.)
West Ham: There’s little relaxation for the Hammers within the early going, as they’ve three video games within the subsequent two weeks. They journey to newly promoted Nottingham Forest within the Premier League (Aug. 14) earlier than dealing with the primary leg of their UEFA Europa Convention League playoff opponent at house (Aug. 18) after which internet hosting Brighton (Aug. 21) within the Premier League. (Their European opponent? Both Viborg, of Denmark, or Faroe Islands champions B36 Torshavn, although the latter path 3-0 on mixture of their two-legged collection.)
Man Metropolis: The street forward appears pretty manageable for Guardiola & Co. as they host Bournemouth of their house opener (Aug. 13) earlier than going to Newcastle (Aug. 21).