WEST BROMWICH, England (AP):Yaya TourÈ scored twice in the first half yesterday as Manchester City began their English Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.TourÈ scored with two shots from just outside the area in the ninth and 24th minutes as the visitors dominated the match from the start. Captain Vincent Kompany headed in the third in the 59th in a fluid team performance that signalled that Manuel Pellegrini’s side will again be serious contenders for the league title after relinquishing the crown to Chelsea last season.New signing Raheem Sterling also looked lively for City, but fluffed his best chance to score with a weak effort when through on goal in the 41st minute.The margin of victory puts City atop the standings after the opening weekend. And with Chelsea held to a draw, Arsenal losing and Manchester United and Liverpool both earning unconvincing 1-0 wins, this was by far the best performance of the first round. Even more worrying for their rivals is that City did it largely without star striker Sergio Ag¸ero, who only came on as a substitute for the last 25 minutes. He’s likely to be back in the starting line-up for a tougher test next weekend, when City hosts Chelsea in an eagerly anticipated matchup.”We came here today knowing we had a point to prove,” Kompany said. “Me more than anyone else probably. … I just want to get back to my best level.”
Real Madrid have sanctioned a season-long loan move for Theo Hernandez, with the Frenchman linking up with Real Sociedad.The 20-year-old defender moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2017.He penned a six-year contract with the Blancos after crossing the Spanish capital to join from Atletico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Theo was always considered to be an addition with one eye on the future, with there plenty of potential still to be unlocked in his game.Madrid hope his development will be aided by a stint with Sociedad, with La Liga rivals delighted to have taken the youngster for the 2018-19 campaign.A statement released by the Basque club on their official website read: “Real Sociedad has reached an agreement with Real Madrid CF for the one-season loan of Theo Hernandez. “An agreement has also been reached with the French player. “The defender has passed the relevant medical reviews at Polyclinic Gipuzkoa. His official presentation will take place in the coming days.”COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Acuerdo con el @realmadrid para la cesión de @TheoHernandez. Ongi etorri Theo!!!#TheoTxuriUrdin #RealSociedad https://t.co/wvsZutw9AF— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) August 10, 2018Theo spent his debut campaign at the Bernabeu as part of Zinedine Zidane’s senior squad.He made 23 appearances in total, with 13 of those coming in La Liga.Madrid also handed him three Champions League outings, as they collected European football’s grandest prize for a third season in succession.Theo, who has represented France up to U20 level, will now be looking to take his game to greater heights during his time in Sociedad, allowing him to head back to his parent club a more rounded player.