STARS IN EUROPE - IVORY COAST - CLUB - Yaya Toure scores twice in City win
PREMIER LEAGUE (ENGLAND)
West Bromwich vs Man City 0:3
Goals Man City:
Yaya Touré 9′, 24′
Man City's Yaya Toure and David Silva were both deserving of the man of the match accolade
Yaya Toure inspired Manchester City to a dominant victory at West Brom as £49m summer signing Raheem Sterling made his debut for the visitors.
A Toure shot appeared to take a slight deflection off David Silva before going through defender Craig Dawson's legs and trickling over the line.
City extended their lead when Toure curled a shot into the top corner.
Vincent Kompany headed in a corner as City delivered an early statement of Premier League title intent.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany:
"We have something to prove.
Last season was below what we're used to doing.
It was a good way to start the first game.
"We came out knowing we had a point to prove.
If you'd seen the faces in training last week, I knew the team was going to be ready for this game."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:
"It's important to start with a win.
In the Premier League normally you are going to win or lose the league by one point, so it's important to start strongly."
THE STATS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Manchester City completed 692 passes in this game - 211 more than any other team on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season.
• In each of the last five seasons, the eventual Premier League champions began with a game on a Monday.
• Yaya Toure has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games at The Hawthorns.
• Silva (90) and Fernandinho (89) completed more passes than any other Premier League player on the first weekend of the 2015-16 top flight campaign.
'THEY WERE ON A DIFFERENT PLANET
(BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage)
"Manchester City were on a different planet against West Brom and better than any other team after the first weekend of the Premier League.
West Brom were just beaten by a better team.
Every player in a City shirt performed.