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Summary

  1. Toure shot deflected in by Silva
  2. Toure curls in superb second from 20 yards
  3. Kompany heads in from near-post corner
  4. £49m Sterling makes Man City debut
  5. West Brom debuts for Lambert, Chester, McClean

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us tonight. We've seen the best performance of the weekend from one of the title contenders.

Anyone else excited about City v Chelsea next Sunday already? I know I am.

But there's plenty of football to come before then. Tomorrow we will have live text commentaries from the Uefa Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla, the Dundee derby and the League Cup first round. Join us then.

Yaya Toure
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure: "I know what I have to do and I don't care what people say about me. I'm not back - I'm always there. 

"It's about the team. We did a massive job today. West Brom have a good manager and players. Full credit to all our team. We made it easy because we played our own football, we played with belief and intensity." 

Pulis takes the blame

Tony Pulis
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West Brom manager Tony Pulis, speaking to Sky Sports: "I take responsibility for the way we set up. The fact we had Saido and Rickie up front together pulled us away from what we should do. I said to them afterwards I’d take responsibility.

"There are certain principles we have to stick by and work with to get results at this level and I went away from that. We created quite a few chances but we were far too loose as a team.

"We know what we need to do in the transfer market. The chairman has been very good. We’re after quite a few targets and there will be players who leave the club as well."

We'll have some reaction from West Brom boss Tony Pulis for you soon. Just be patient and all your Pulis reaction dreams will come true.

Yaya Toure
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Ten of the opening 30 Premier League goals in 2015-16 have been scored by African players – it took 120 goals last season for that landmark.

Fans of running stats might be interested to know Jesus Navas ran more (11.59km) than any other player and had more sprints - 79 - than anyone else.

Raheem Sterling ran 8.5km and went on 56 sprints. He reached the top speed of anyone on the pitch - 32.44km/h.

Darren Fletcher topped West Brom's running charts, with Chris Brunt going on more dribbles than any other Baggies player today.

Take from that what you will. If anything.  

Manager reaction

West Brom 0-3 Man City

Manuel Pellegrini
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to Sky Sports: "It is very important to start the season with a win. I'm always pleased when my team scores. 

"I like attacking football. We did really well and when you score it is important to score more but be balanced. To keep the clean sheet is also important. We returned to see the Yaya Toure of a season ago. 

"Raheem Sterling had two clear chances to score but he is just starting with new team-mates. It was maybe not his best performance."

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Hope Pebor:  Chelsea fan here. I think City played very well and they are the major title contenders along with my team. I wish they could do well in Europe as well this season. This City team can win the Premier League this season because they look hungry and more fired up unlike Chelsea who are quite complacent at the moment. Can't wait for Sunday. City v Chelsea will be a cracker - hopefully Chelsea wins.

Vincent Kompany
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More from Vincent Kompany: "The main thing is that we have some new tools to use this season. Raheem has given us sharpness and speed to hurt teams when we’re defending. It gives other teams things to think about. It gives us that bit of danger we need and we have so many tools to hurt teams."

I don't want to sound too hyperbolic but Manchester City v Chelsea next Sunday is already shaping up to be an enthralling game.

It was put to Vincent Kompany that City will be five points clear of the champions if they win that game...

"It will be a big game very early in the season and I’m sure it will matter," the captain said.

"We can’t go into it thinking it’s about winning the league but it will matter so we need to put in a great performance."  

Yaya Toure might get man of the match today, but David Silva was brilliant. Here's his touch map - involved all over the attacking half of the pitch today - left, right and centre.

Touch map
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, speaking to Sky Sports: "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. 

"It gives us extra motivation. 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.

"Every club needs stability. It [Manuel Pellegrini's new contract] gives us stability and the right kind of environment to work in towards the end of the season."

Match stats

David Silva
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  • Manchester City have won on the opening day five seasons in a row.
  • West Brom have only done it once in the last six seasons.
  • Man City have won seven Premier League games in a row.
  • City completed 692 passes in this game – 211 more than any other team at the weekend.
  • David Silva (90) and Fernandinho (89) completed more passes than any other Premier League player in the opening games.

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Colin Masters: Whoever finishes above us will win it. Get in City.

 Xadiis Hareeri Cadde: City fans, we are top of league. Arsenal fans we are bottom of the league. What a difference.

Caron Coates: It was only West Brom

Vincent Kompany
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Manchester City captain and goal-scorer Vincent Kompany is in front of the TV cameras now. We'll bring you the best from that interview in a minute.

The game in numbers

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Manchester City had significantly better possession, shots and efforts on target stats. Totally deserved winners.

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Arsenal fans not too happy with me suggesting Edin Dzeko would be a good signing for them.

#bbcfootball Get the stats out to show Dzeco is better than Giroud after the same amount of seasons assists and goals

Arsenal need Dzeko? What lazy "journalism" as ever from bbc. He offers nothing more than we already have #bbcfootball

Manuel Pellegrini
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So we've seen all 20 Premier League teams this weekend. There's no doubt that Manchester City have been the best of the title contenders so far. 

Manchester United had an unconvincing win, Arsenal lost and Chelsea were held. But Manuel Pellegrini's side were dominant and clinical.

FULL-TIME - West Brom 0-3 Manchester City

Vincent Kompany
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Game over. Manchester City go top!

Aleksandar Kolarov almost makes it four but his free-kick is touched wide by Boaz Myhill. Seconds to go.

INJURY TIME

Three minutes of injury time added on, one of them done already.

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#bbcfootball looks like my prediction of a 4-2 win to the baggies may have been slightly optimistic

David Silva
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero almost makes it 4-0 but his effort is saved by the feet of Boaz Myhill.

David Silva wants a penalty now but referee not interested.

Victor Anichebe, who will surely be West Brom's fourth choice striker once Salomon Rondon becomes eligible, has a shot but it's straight at Joe Hart.

If Manchester City are selling Edin Dzeko to Roma for £14m, by the way, that's a bargain, isn't it? Surely Arsenal could do with the Bosnian striker?

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Never too early for the 'As it stands' Table - us #LCFC Fans have been gazing at it for past few days being top until tonight #bbcfootball

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe tries to turn Vincent Kompany on the edge of the box but the defender gets a touch onto it and Chris Brunt mis-kicks wide from the loose ball.

West Brom winger Callum McManaman wanted a penalty after being challenged for a header by Eliaquim Mangala. Would have been one of the weakest penalty awards ever.

Is it too early for 'as it stands' table chat? Well if not Manchester City are top and West Brom are bottom. Only 37 games to turn this round for the Baggies.

SUBSTITUTION

Toure
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Manchester City make a change straight after that with two-goal hero Yaya Toure coming off for Martín Demichelis, who is usually a defender but might sit in midfield here.

SUBSTITUTION

Callum McManaman, who I'd almost forgotten was at West Brom, is coming on for Saido Berahino.

Chris Brunt
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Saido Berahino lays the ball off to Chris Brunt, whose left-wing cross is headed straight at Joe Hart by James Morrison. The Scotland international could have done better there.

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Raheem Sterling
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Manchester City debutant Raheem Sterling comes off and is replaced by Samir Nasri. Sterling missed a couple of chances and was fairly quiet today but I don't think he had a bad game.

West Brom striker Rickie Lambert comes off to a good reception, he's replaced by Victor Anichebe.

West Brom having a decent spell of corners now. Fernandinho and Saido Berahino are chasing each other around Joe Hart like a playground game. The latest corner comes to nothing.

City looking real good tonight. Taking this confidence into the Chelsea game could see a 5 point lead on SUN if they win #bbcfootball #MCFC

City look impressive though WBA have hardly turned up. Next week Vs Chelsea should be interesting #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball got to love all these reds fans desperate for Sterling to fail. I bet he's gutted to miss that bravura Stoke performance.

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Richard Atherton, Northwich:  After Man City's third goal, all Arsenal fans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief for moving up from the bottom of the table. Well done boys.   

Manuel Pellegrini
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A fan of omens? Well Manchester City have won the Premier League title twice - on both those seasons they won the opening game 4-0 (v Swansea in 2011-12 and v Newcastle in 2013-14).

You wouldn't put it past them today. And you wouldn't put the title past them this season based on this performance.

Craig Gardner
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Baggies midfielder Craig Gardner has a go from 25 yards but it's well over. As is this game.

West Brom defender Craig Dawson gets his head onto an attacking corner, which Aleksandar Kolarov deflects out for another corner. But that comes to nothing.

Hard to see a way back for them even if they did manage to score now.