Manchester City turned on the style in their first match since being confirmed Premier League champions, as Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne led the way in a 5-0 win over Swansea City.
Having already wrapped up the title, motivation had been highlighted as a potential problem for City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but Pep Guardiola’s men produced a professional display befitting of their remarkable campaign, sweeping Swansea aside in straightforward fashion.
Although a 2-0 lead famously proved inadequate recently against Manchester United, City never looked like throwing victory away against a far inferior Swansea side.
Sterling played a key role in those two early goals, helping set up David Silva’s opener before finding the net himself soon after, as City found themselves two up after just 16 minutes.
Swansea initially managed to tighten things up to prevent City from adding to their lead, but the in-form De Bruyne blasted in the hosts’ third from 30 yards early in the second half.
Bernardo Silva converted from close range after Gabriel Jesus saw a penalty saved, with City’s comfort allowing a late cameo for Benjamin Mendy after seven months out with a knee injury, and the rout was capped as Jesus atoned for his failure from the spot.
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