On loan Chelsea star was too good to stop, his direct running and dribbling caused lots of havoc in the City’s defenses, resulting to a 2 goal lead in 31st minute.
The home side laid siege to the West Ham goal for nearly the entire second half on Saturday but were unable to break down the visitors’ defence and West Ham survived for their first away win at City since April 2003. Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, a 75 million euros signing from Wolfsburg last month, marked his first City start with a clinical finish in first half stoppage-time.
Former West Ham defender Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, guided his team to a 2-0 win at Arsenal on the opening weekend, then to a 3-0 success at Liverpool.
City still top the table with 15 points, with West Ham and Leicester City on 12, and Manchester United and Arsenal on 10.
“I think people do not realise that losing at home in the Champions League does have a massive impact on you“, he said. “They have great players and were pushing to try to score but it wasn’t the day for them“.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose team lost for the second time at home in five days, said, “This is football”.
“It is great for the club and I am so happy for everyone at West Ham, but especially for the players because you can not win here without playing well”, africanFootball.com quoted Bilic as saying on the club’s official website. “We have defended with concentration and intensity in our last two games and we conceded two easy goals”. The Londoners have now claimed unlikely wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and City but coach Slaven Bilic is refusing to get carried away with the early season optimism.
But Pellegrini refused to use their loss as an excuse for his Blues’ first domestic defeat this term, and aimed another subtle dig at those players who failed to deliver in their absence.
He said: “We never believed that because we won five games we were the champions of the Premier League”. Elsewhere in the team, Diafra Sakho is the favourite Hammer to score, with 3/1 offered on the striker to net anytime. In the second half, City created, they pressed us and they were the better team, to be fair, and if they had equalised it would have been deserved.