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Hat trick hero Sterling hails ‘brilliant’ Man City after 5-0 romp over West Ham

Raheem Sterling has hailed ‘brilliant’ Manchester City after the champions began their defence of the Premier League title with a 5-0 win at West Ham.

The England international scored a superb hat-trick as City thrashed Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the London Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus and a Sergio Aguero penalty completing a resounding win.

“The most important thing was to start well and get the win. Once the second goal went in I thought we were brilliant,” Sterling told BT Sport.

“It was quite difficult in the first half. Some of our touches were sloppy but once the team got into a rhythm the passes came and more chances came.

“With the players we have here there are competitions in training every day. It’s a joy to put the ball in the back of the net.

The use of VAR in the game caused much debate, with a series of incidents decided with the use of technology.

Sterling was adjudged to be offside during the build-up to a disallowed Jesus goal, whilst Aguero’s penalty was retaken after goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi saved his initial effort after leaving his goal-line.

The technology is likely to suffer teething issues in its first season in the Premier League, however, Sterling is in favour of the use of VAR to get match-deciding decisions correct.

“At the end of the day, as long as the decision is right, that is all that matters.”

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