Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has become the first Premier League player to have a goal ruled out by a VAR review.

Jesus opened the scoring before half-time against West Ham at London Stadium, with Raheem Sterling putting Pep Guardiola's defending champions 2-0 to the good on the opening weekend.

The Brazil international appeared to have settled the contest when David Silva and Sterling unpicked the Hammers to leave him with a tap-in.

But referee Mike Dean was informed Sterling's left shoulder was fractionally offside when he darted on to Silva's pass, leading to roars from the home crowd and disbelief among the City players.

City were infamously denied in similar circumstances against Tottenham during last season's Champions League quarter-finals – Sterling thinking he had won the tie deep into stoppage time at the Etihad Stadium before replays showed Sergio Aguero's heel was just offside during the build-up.

Pep Guardiola revealed Manchester City wanted to sign Harry Maguire but were priced out of the race to buy the defender, who is on the verge of joining Manchester United.

Speaking after City's penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield, Guardiola congratulated United on the capture of Maguire, who arrived at United's Carrington training complex to complete his transfer from Leicester City on Sunday.

The champions signed Rodri, Angelino and Zack Steffen for a combined £80.8million during the close season, and United are expected to pay £80m for England centre-back Maguire.

Backing City's local rivals to challenge for the Premier League this season with Maguire in their defence, Guardiola told reporters: "Maguire is an excellent, top-class player.

"We were interested but we could not afford it. United could afford it.

"He had an incredible World Cup, he's strong in the air, he's good with the ball in the build-up, he can drive the ball, he's fast, so fast. Congratulations to United.

"At the beginning of the season I think there are five, six contenders [for the title].

"It doesn't matter what happened in the last four, five years [with United]. Always, at the beginning [of the season] they are contenders.

Guardiola gave a positive assessment of an injury to winger Leroy Sane, who lasted just 13 minutes of the Community Shield before suffering an injury.

The Germany international has been linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich in the close season but Guardiola has expressed his desire to keep Sane at the Etihad Stadium.

Asked about Sane's condition, Guardiola replied: "The first impression was not good but I think it's not bad.

"Honestly I don't know, we will wait to see what the doctor says but I think he will be okay."

Manchester City won the Community Shield for the second year in a row after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat of Liverpool following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

City were the best team in the first 45 minutes even after losing Bayern Munich-linked Leroy Sane to injury, with Raheem Sterling giving them a deserved half-time lead with his first goal against Liverpool in his 11th outing versus his old club.

Jurgen Klopp's side improved after the break, though, and Joel Matip's leveller was just reward for their efforts, as City started to wilt in the warm conditions.

The excellent Claudio Bravo made sure the game went to penalties and proved the hero when he kept out Georginio Wijnaldum's effort, allowing Gabriel Jesus to seal victory.

The blow of losing Sane just 11 minutes in was quickly forgotten as City made the most of the resulting free-kick, Liverpool's offside trap all over the place as David Silva flicked Kevin De Bruyne's cut-back across goal and Sterling forced the ball beyond Alisson.

City were in control but Liverpool could have levelled before the break had Mohamed Salah shown a touch of generosity, the forward clipping the outside of the post from a tight angle and then ballooning a second chance over the bar after a poor Oleksandr Zinchenko header, leaving Roberto Firmino angry not to receive a simple pass.

Guardiola then became the first Premier League manager to be booked on the touchline as he reacted furiously to a challenge from Joe Gomez on David Silva, the City boss suggesting the defender's boot had been dangerously high.

Sterling hit the base of the post - although any goal would have been ruled out for offside - as City started the second half strongly, with Guardiola and Klopp resisting the urge to make the most of the maximum six available substitutions at the break.

Liverpool suddenly threatened a leveller and were twice denied by the woodwork, Virgil van Dijk hitting the base of the crossbar with a half-volley and Salah firing against the foot of the right-hand post from the edge of the box.

Sterling then raced through on Alisson but dithered on the ball and the goalkeeper calmly took it back, and it proved a costly miss, with Matip nodding an equaliser past Bravo after Van Dijk picked him out in the six-yard box.

Bravo prevented Naby Keita and Salah from snatching late winners, and the latter was denied from another glorious chance as Kyle Walker's acrobatic clearance on the goal line forced a shoot-out.

Bravo saved comfortably from Wijnaldum's spot-kick - the only one that was missed - before Jesus confidently swept the ball past Alisson and sparked City celebrations.

What does it mean? Little to split the Premier League's top two

City claimed the bragging rights and were certainly the better side early on, but this was another indicator that their league title crown will come under serious threat this season.

Liverpool have not had a particularly encouraging pre-season and there were similar problems laid bare here. The usually imperious defence looked uneasy, Roberto Firmino is short of sharpness and the place for Divock Origi is not wide on the left.

That said, they outplayed City after the break and really should have won in normal time. They look ready to push Guardiola's men all the way again in the top flight.

Bravo brilliant

City's first choice in pre-season while Ederson had an extended break, Bravo was the only reason Liverpool did not win the game in normal time. He then saved Wijnaldum's penalty to secure the trophy.

Zinchenko unconvincing

Liverpool seemed to target Zinchenko and there were times when it was easy to see why. He was outmuscled by Salah too often, twice headed straight to red shirts within 20 yards of his own goal, and it was his foul that led to the equaliser.

What's next?

City begin their Premier League title defence away to West Ham on Saturday. Liverpool kick off the top-flight season on Friday at home to Norwich City.

Chelsea have issued a lifetime ban to fan for using "racially abusive language" following an investigation into an incident involving Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

England international Sterling was allegedly subjected to racial abuse as he retrieved a ball during the Premier League encounter between City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in December.

Blues supporter Craig Wing admitted to shouting an obscenity at the 24-year-old but denied his comments were "racial in nature" and the Crown Prosecution Service subsequently announced it would not initiate any criminal prosecutions.

Chelsea reviewed evidence and sought expert opinions from two lip reading professionals before announcing the outcome of their own investigation on Tuesday.

One individual has been issued with a permanent ban from the club's home venue and five others have been barred from attending for periods ranging from one to two years.

"We understand that this incident has been the subject of discussion amongst supporters, and the club appreciates that emotions can run high during matches," read a statement from the Premier League side.

"However, in this case the behaviour of all six individuals crossed the line of what is acceptable.

"Furthermore, in the case of the supporter who was found by the club to have used racially abusive language, there is no place for this behaviour at Stamford Bridge and a permanent exclusion was the appropriate sanction.

"Given the particular circumstances of this case, the club did not consider that attendance at an education course in return for a reduced sanction would have been appropriate."

The sanctions come in the wake of manager Frank Lampard's appeal for fans to cease using an offensive chant aimed at rivals West Ham that was heard during Sunday's friendly against Reading.

Chelsea added: "We are clear and consistent in our condemnation of discriminatory behaviour and language and all fans should remember that their words and actions can cause offence to those around them and to the wider community.

"We will continue to work with our supporters to rid the game of all forms of discrimination."

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scored as Manchester City beat Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in their final pre-season friendly.

Pep Guardiola named what looked close to his strongest XI in China on Saturday, although Ederson, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero remained absent following international duty at the Copa America.

Sterling restored City's lead after Keita Endo cancelled out De Bruyne's opener, with Lukas Nmecha adding a late third for the out-of-sorts Premier League champions.

Guardiola's men are next in action against Champions League winners Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley next weekend.

City found an early groove and Bernardo Silva set up De Bruyne to cut inside and fire home the opener in the 18th minute.

But Ange Postecoglou's side quickly hit back, with Claudio Bravo only able to parry Marcos Junior's effort to Endo for a simple tap-in.

City were showing some sloppiness in possession but retook the lead when De Bruyne threaded a pass through for Sterling to strike.

Sterling thought he had extended City's lead early in the second half, collecting Kyle Walker's pass to smash a fine finish into the top-right corner, but the offside flag denied him.

Yokohama could have snatched an unlikely draw only for Teruhito Nakagawa to pull a shot wide from a presentable position.

Makito Ito then wasted an even better opening to equalise after the ball broke to him in the box, the substitute's mishit strike saved by Bravo.

And City added a third goal in injury time when Adrian Bernabe's low right-wing cross was bundled home at the back post by fellow youngster Nmecha.

Raheem Sterling says he was pleased to see Liverpool win the Champions League but insists Manchester City's priority remains the Premier League.

England international Sterling left Liverpool in acrimonious circumstances in 2015.

The Anfield club have finished behind City in each of the subsequent four seasons but beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid last month to secure their sixth European crown.

"I was really happy for them, happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League," Sterling told the Manchester Evening News.

The 24-year-old, who has flourished under manager Pep Guardiola, added: "The Champions League is massive for us as a club but our most important thing is winning the Premier League.

"For me, what we did last season – every day, week in week out – was exceptional.

"It was a massive stepping stone to have belief in our squad, that belief we've been building over these last couple of years.

"Since the manager has come in we've got stronger every year. Yes, it'd be nice to win the Champions League but first and foremost we want to win the league. The Premier League is your bread and butter, every weekend, what you train for every day."

Leroy Sane lived up to Bayern Munich's claim that he is a "dream player" by scoring twice in Manchester City's 6-1 friendly victory over Hong Kong Premier League champions Kitchee.

Pep Guardiola watched Raheem Sterling put in an all-action display with a superb assist and a well-taken goal, and there were further strikes from David Silva, teenage forward Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi and Jose Angel Pozo in a one-sided match.

But with Sane's future already the subject of speculation his performance and goals caught the eye.

Bayern head coach Niko Kovac reiterated his desire to sign the 23-year-old Germany international in the build up to the game, but City boss Pep Guardiola remains hopeful of keeping Sane in Manchester long into the future.

The winger scored 10 Premier League goals in each of his last two seasons at Etihad Stadium and appears to be shaping up for another impressive campaign as City chase a third consecutive title.

City hit the crossbar after six minutes when Kevin de Bruyne's cross found Sterling in the box and his close-range shot ricocheted off the frame of the goal.

But Guardiola's men took the lead 10 minutes later when Sterling received the ball 30 yards from goal, turning and releasing Silva with an exquisitely judged pass before the veteran Spaniard dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.

Kitchee struggled to cope with City's high-intensity interplay and the tourists scored a second when Sterling toe-poked a pass across the edge of the box to Sane, who sent a shot bouncing into the bottom left corner of the net.

There was time for a third before the interval, Gundogan flicking the ball to Silva who deftly rolled it into the path of Sterling and the England winger hooked a curling shot into the far corner of the net from a tight angle.

De Bruyne's trickery and powerful shot eight minutes into the second half deserved a goal but his shot was parried to the feet of Sane, who cut back onto his right foot before rifling the ball into the top corner.

Just seven minutes after his introduction as a late substitute, Touaizi capitalised on the space afforded to him by the Kitchee defence as he curled a low shot in off the post from the edge of the box.

After Kitchee found a late consolation, there was still time for Pozo to score from the edge of the six-yard box with the goalkeeper stranded.

Manchester City failed to collect their first trophy of the 2019-20 season after losing the Premier League Asia Trophy final to Wolves on penalties.

Following a goalless draw in Shanghai on Saturday, Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved three penalties to seal a 3-2 shoot-out victory for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

Pep Guardiola's men completed a domestic clean sweep of silverware last term but must wait until next month's Community Shield for a chance to add to their growing collection of medals.

City were gifted the chance to take a first-half lead when Adama Traore fouled Leroy Sane in the box and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot.

But Raheem Sterling, who started in a central attacking role after he scored twice against West Ham to send City into the final, blazed his effort from 12 yards well over the angle of post and bar.

David Silva's 77th-minute free-kick tested Patricio, who earlier needed lengthy treatment on a facial injury, as City continued to fruitlessly probe for the breakthrough.

Conor Coady and Ilkay Gundogan were each denied in the first round of penalties, with Patricio also keeping out Silva's strike before Maximilian Kilman fired his kick wide for Wolves.

Danilo made it 1-1 after three kicks each with a low shot that squeezed under Patricio, who then saved the decisive effort from Lukas Nmecha to secure the trophy.

Earlier in the day, with new head coach Steve Bruce watching from the stands, Newcastle United beat West Ham 1-0 in the third-place play-off thanks to Japan striker Yoshinori Muto's goal.

Raheem Sterling struck a brace and Rodri made his debut as Manchester City came from behind to comfortably beat West Ham 4-1 in a pre-season friendly in China.

Mark Noble converted a 26th-minute penalty but David Silva and Lukas Nmecha, who also scored from the spot, combined to overturn City's deficit by the break.

England star Sterling took charge from there, scoring twice after his half-time introduction to give Pep Guardiola a winning start to the tour of Asia.

Club-record signing Rodri lasted almost 70 minutes on his first appearance since joining from Atletico Madrid for a reported £62.8m.

Left-back Angelino, brought back to Manchester after a season at Eredivisie side PSV, also started and it was his blatant handball that gifted Hammers captain Noble the opener.

Spanish midfielder Silva quickly equalised following a superb pass from teenage compatriot Adrian Bernabe and young forward Nmecha stroked the Premier League champions ahead after bring tripped by Angelo Ogbonna.

Two composed finishes from Sterling in the space of 13 second-half minutes completed the scoring and booked City's place alongside Wolves, 4-0 victors over Newcastle United, in Saturday's final of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

West Ham meet Newcastle in the tournament's third-place play-off before returning home to face Fulham, for which new signing Sebastian Haller should be available.

Manchester City bolstered their options in midfield by making Rodri their record signing.

Rodri has joined the Premier League champions from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal after the club triggered his reported €70million (£63m) release clause, launching him to the top of the pile in City's spending list.

Riyad Mahrez became their record signing in July 2018 but his £60m arrival from Leicester City has now been surpassed - the seventh time the club has set a new benchmark since Sheikh Mansour's 2008 takeover.

We take a look at the players who City splashed the most cash on and how they fared at the Etihad Stadium.

Robinho - £32.5m from Real Madrid, September 2008

September 1, 2008 was a breathless affair at Manchester City. It began with breaking news of a takeover and talk of untold riches, rumbled forward with transfer speculation as remarkable as it was baffling and ended – sensationally – with a British record purchase of Robinho. The lavishly gifted Brazilian brought the house down with a goal on his debut against Chelsea – City eventually lost 3-1 – and produced some magical moments on his way to 15 goals in 2008-09. A lack of consistency frustrated Mark Hughes and quickly persuaded Roberto Mancini to move Robinho on, but his signing will forever be synonymous with City's horizons changing beyond all recognition.

Sergio Aguero - £38m from Atletico Madrid, July 2011

Much of City's vast outlay after Robinho focused upon established stars with their reputations set and, perhaps, their best years behind them. Mancini's initial overhaul, featuring the purchases of Yaya Toure and David Silva, was a decisive step in the right direction and yielded an FA Cup. But it was a 23-year-old Aguero, a one-time teen sensation who had taken LaLiga by storm, who propelled City towards a title he would secure in such unforgettable fashion. In every season at the club, barring an injury-hit 2012-13, he has topped the scoring charts and in November 2017 became City's all-time leading scorer. An unqualified success.

Raheem Sterling - £49m from Liverpool, July 2015

Much conjecture and controversy surrounded Sterling's move from City to Liverpool and, despite early promise under Mauricio Pellegrini, the baggage of a transfer that saw him become the most expensive English player in history appeared to weigh heavily on the winger. But the 24-year-old has flourished under Pep Guardiola and is now an indispensable member of City's attacking line, even having the audacity to challenge Aguero's status as leading marksman over the past two seasons.

Kevin De Bruyne - £55m from Wolfsburg, August 2015

De Bruyne ensured Sterling's spell as City's record signing was short-lived and instantly lived up to his reputation as a goalscoring midfielder and an assist machine. A disjointed City limped to a fourth-place Premier League finish in 2015-16. Even then, it was not entirely unreasonable to suggest they might have won the title had De Bruyne not missed two months with ankle ligament damage. He was already so pivotal and Guardiola's shrewd decision to move De Bruyne into a slightly deeper midfield role has established him as City's beating heart. A series of injuries limited his impact in 2018-19 but a clean sweep of domestic trophies was still secured in phenomenal fashion.

Aymeric Laporte - £57m from Athletic Bilbao, January 2018

Guardiola has had a decisive influence over the upward trajectories enjoyed by Sterling and De Bruyne and spent in the region of £50m apiece for John Stones, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, but Laporte was the first player to persuade him to set a new transfer record at City. Stylistically, it is easy to see why, with the 25-year-old an elegant, ball-playing defender very much in the Guardiola mould. Dictated by his release clause, it was a staggering fee for a player without a senior international cap but the fact Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson was in the same boat when he arrived from Benfica for £34.7m in 2017 means the manager's instinct should be trusted. Laporte has established himself as a pivotal part of City's defence and will be expected to remain so for many years following the exit of club icon Vincent Kompany.

Riyad Mahrez - £60m from Leicester City, July 2018

Mahrez almost signed for City at the end of the January 2018 transfer window, only for the move to fall through on deadline day. But, as with Laporte, Guardiola and City showed they were willing to wait for their man. Mahrez made no secret of his desire to move on from Leicester but struggled to prove he deserved the big move he so craved. Mahrez was a huge part of the Foxes' unlikely title triumph, named the Professional Footballers' Association Player's Player of the Year in the 2015-16 season, but has failed to hit those heights since. An unspectacular maiden season at the Etihad saw him score 12 goals and assist the same number in all competitions.

Rodri - £62.5m from Atletico Madrid, June 2019

Guardiola has frequently talked about the difficulties of finding a player that can perform the role Fernandinho does for City – let alone do so at a similar level. Losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea was a blow for the Catalan, but he was clearly satisfied that Rodri is more than up to the grade for the Premier League champions. The 23-year-old Spain international instantly made himself a key figure in Atletico's combative midfield after joining from Villarreal a year ago and will hope to do the same at the Etihad.

Raheem Sterling blamed "silly mistakes" for England's defeat to Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Nations League.

England were beaten 3-1 in Guimaraes despite having taken a first-half lead thanks to Marcus Rashford's penalty.

Matthijs de Ligt headed the equaliser for Ronald Koeman's side, who capitalised on England's lapses in concentration in extra time.

John Stones' error led to a Quincy Promes shot deflecting in off Kyle Walker, then Ross Barkley's mistake allowed the Netherlands substitute to secure a final berth against Portugal.

Sterling captained England on his 50th international appearance but the Manchester City forward accepted his side cost themselves a chance of reaching Sunday's showpiece.

"I thought we soaked up pressure well, towards the end of the second half we were the better team, but made silly mistakes and we got punished for it," Sterling said to Sky Sports.

"They got their pressing right on the night and we made two mistakes, we tried at times but it didn't work."

England have lost international semi-finals in successive years after falling at the same stage in Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

But Sterling feels the Three Lions can still take positives from their efforts despite another defeat in the last four.

"We still made progress to get to this stage," Sterling added. "It's about kicking on and trying to do the last bit."

Raheem Sterling will captain England on his 50th international appearance after Harry Kane was named on the bench for the Nations League Finals last-four clash against Netherlands.

Manchester City forward Sterling will enjoy the honour at Estadio D. Afonso Henrique, where the pitch passed an inspection following torrential afternoon rain in Guimaraes.

Virgil van Dijk starts at centre-back for Ronald Koeman's side, with Gareth Southgate taking a more cautious approach with the Champions League finalists in his squad.

Fellow Liverpool player Georginio Wijnaldum is included in the Netherlands' starting line-up, just five days after playing an hour of the 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez and Danny Rose all join Kane on the England bench.

Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford ensure the front three charged with breaking down Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt possesses plenty of pace, while England's midfield trio of Declan Rice, Fabian Delph and Ross Barkley must deal with Barcelona-bound star Frenkie de Jong.

The winners will face Portugal in Sunday's final at Porto's Estadio do Dragao, with the losers back in Guimaraes to take on Switzerland in the third-place match.

Raheem Sterling still has plenty of improvement to come, according to Fabian Delph – and his Manchester City and England team-mate will not be shy in letting him know about it.

Sterling was a standout performer as Pep Guardiola's side won an unprecedented domestic treble this season, scooping the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year award.

A brace in the 6-0 FA Cup demolition of Watford took the 24-year-old to 25 goals in all competitions for his club in 2018-19, a campaign where he also emphatically turned a corner at international level.

Despite his best efforts, Sterling's England goal drought remained stubbornly intact throughout the run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

He has since scored six times in five starts for the Three Lions, including a Wembley hat-trick in a 5-0 Euro 2020 qualification thrashing of the Czech Republic.

As doubts over Harry Kane's match fitness persist, Sterling indisputably approaches what will be his 50th England cap in Thursday's Nations League Finals encounter against Netherlands in Guimaraes as Gareth Southgate's most important and potent attacking threat.

"When we both signed he was 19 and he looked like a little baby," said Delph, who joined City from Aston Villa during the same 2015 close-season when Sterling secured his exit from Liverpool.

"People always questioned what type of player he'd be and whether he'd go to the next level, but I was like, 'This kid has everything. Once he finds his path and what works for him you're going to see something incredible'.

"I think the sky's the limit. Right now, he's one of the best players in the world. And while I'm still with him, or while I'm still in contact with him, I'm going to be pushing him daily because I know he's got another 20 per cent in him."

It was also a season where Sterling's articulate and impressive response to suffering racist abuse placed him at the forefront of football's fight to tackle a sickening stain on the game.

Superb performances continued unchecked and Delph identifies a level of mental strength virtually unparalleled in his experience.

"He's got the strongest mindset I've ever come across in football," the 29-year-old midfielder said. "Vincent Kompany is another one, he is very strong mentally.

"Nothing fazes Raheem, he is very confident in himself. He's a great person and very dedicated to his craft. I've watched him mature a lot over the years, he's still the same guy who I met when he was 19.

"The only difference is people are paying attention to what type of person he is and trying to know Raheem a little more. Everyone can see how kind and humble and what a good player he is."

Delph is unable to match Sterling's tale of personal success at City this season, having found first-team opportunities scarce since the turn of the year.

Southgate made him captain for England's friendly against the United States last November and he retains his place in the squad as an influential dressing-room presence – something a lack of game time at club level has not tempered.

"I can be very emotional, so when it's the build-up to a game, I enjoy that side of trying to help push the team and get them fired up," Delph, whose behind-the-scenes rants made him a star of City's 'All or Nothing' Amazon documentary last year, explained.

"I've always been the same at City. To be fair, I was a nightmare when I was 18, 19 – an absolute nightmare. Six stone wet through and screaming at big ugly centre-halves."

He added: "The second half of the season I never played. But every time it's a home game and I'm there, I'm ranting and raving and speaking to people one-to-one, effing and jeffing, getting the team going. It's the way I've always been and will probably never change."

Raheem Sterling has been denied an FA Cup final hat-trick after Manchester City's second goal against Watford was officially awarded to Gabriel Jesus.

After latching onto Jesus' header on the goal-line, Sterling stuck the ball into the net at Wembley on Saturday as City went 2-0 up against Watford.

Confusion reigned, with Sterling's second-half double seemingly making him just the fourth player to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup final, and the first since Stan Mortensen in 1953.

However, after a lengthy delay, the goal has now definitively been awarded to his team-mate Jesus, who also got on the scoresheet again to complete his brace after the interval as City cruised to a rampant 6-0 victory, securing an unprecedented domestic treble.

Sterling, for his part, took the news well.

The 24-year-old had taken to Twitter to cheekily claim the goal as his own, even going so far as to thank Jesus for the assist.

"I ain't gonna redo my tweets anyway," he then tweeted in response to the FA Cup's official post.

Manchester City clinched an unprecedented domestic treble by winning the FA Cup thanks to a Raheem Sterling-inspired 6-0 hammering of Watford at Wembley, equalling the record for the biggest win in the competition's final.

Pep Guardiola's men needed penalties to beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup final and were run extremely close by Liverpool in the Premier League, but Saturday's triumph was a procession as City rounded off an historic campaign in incredible fashion.

Although the first big chance of the game was created by Watford, a dominant City made them pay just before the half-hour with David Silva's first goal since December and Gabriel Jesus doubled their advantage with 38 minutes on the clock.

Watford's positive start to the second period was futile and ruthless City swept them away in style, as Jesus set up substitute Kevin De Bruyne and then added his second of the afternoon.

Sterling rounded off a glorious day for Guardiola's men by scoring twice in the last nine minutes.

For all of City's early domination, the first opportunity fell to Watford on the break in the 10th minute. Gerard Deulofeu led the counter down the right and his cross was perfect for Roberto Pereyra but the Argentinian's shot was blocked by the outrushing Ederson.

City capitalised on that let-off 16 minutes later, as Sterling headed the loose ball into the left side of the box and David Silva fired across Heurelho Gomes into the bottom-right corner.

Watford's task became even greater late in the half when Jesus nudged Bernardo Silva's cross past Gomes, the goal belatedly given to the Brazil striker despite Sterling appearing to nudge it over the line.

Gomes was well beaten when City finally extended their lead just past the hour, as Watford were caught on the break by Jesus and he squared to the exceptional De Bruyne, who cleverly sidestepped the goalkeeper and converted six minutes after coming on.

Jesus got a second goal in the 68th minute, racing on to De Bruyne's pass and confidently slotting past Gomes.

Sterling completed the rout and his double in the latter stages, first meeting Bernardo Silva's cross and firing in from close range, before then latching on to De Bruyne's right-wing delivery and finding the net despite Gomes' best efforts, capping a momentous day for City.

What does it mean? City make history yet again

Guardiola's spell in charge of City has been remarkable. Even though supporters will have been disappointed by another failure in the Champions League, winning English football's first ever domestic treble is a fine consolation, particularly given Saturday's astounding victory.

After Pereyra's early chance, there rarely appeared to be much hope for Watford as they became the latest victims of Guardiola's exceptional City, who showed – if anyone had any doubt – they are the leading power in English football.

De Bruyne injects brilliance in stunning cameo

Although Sterling and Jesus deserve plaudits for their respective performances, De Bruyne was truly immense after his 55th-minute introduction for Riyad Mahrez. The Belgian injected drive, creativity and power in midfield, while he got a goal and had a hand in Sterling's second.

Gomes departs on a low

Watford's Gomes looks set to retire and he bowed out after a difficult day. Boss Javi Gracia might regret an arguably sentimental selection as he offered little assurance at the back with his inability to cope with crosses.

What's next?

While the season may be over, City will not be resting on their laurels over the close season, with Guardiola certain to bolster his team to ensure they remain at the front of the pack next term. They are said to be after an attacking midfielder and a left-back. As for Watford, they will be hoping to keep hold of key players such as Deulofeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure, while Gracia has been linked with a return to Spain.

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