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West Ham United vs Manchester City at London Stadium

London Stadium Referee : Andre Marriner
24th November 2018 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 West Ham United

  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘11' David Silva
    • ‘19' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘34' Leroy Sané
    • ‘93' Leroy Sané


Commentary By Rob Pollard


Pep on his staff

"I have an incredible staff and they know exactly when we have to train and when we have days off.

"They are the master at that, especially Lorenzo Buenaventura.

"How you handle regeneration is key.

"We push the players, it’s the only way."


Pep on squad depth

"Riyad has to play good because Sterling is there, and Sterling has to play good because Riyad is there.

"Nico Otamendi was incredible last season. Txiki and the people at City provide me with a great squad.

"If you want to compete, the players have to play good every time. If they don’t, next time they are not going to play."



"The most important thing is that after what we achieved last season, we are still consistent and humble.

"Our passing today wasn't great but in terms of how we run without the ball it was fantastic.

"This season will be tough. Chelsea are so good - Tottenham didn’t spend one pound and they are they are there. Premier League remains tough, we can’t deny it."


Pep on performance

"If you see the result 0-4 after international break, it’s good.

"We saw the result for Madrid, United. We give a lot of credit for the victory but it was not the best performance, we were a little lucky today.

"We arrive a few times and score, West Ham many times and didn’t score. But i am sure we will be back soon to what we normally are."


Sterling on whether we are better than last season

"All i can say is we want to get better. We want to improve. It’s a new season, we need to be on top of our game."


Sterling on today's game

"I though at times we did some very good stuff. But at times we could have been better.

"Great win but at the same time a lot to improve on. We gave them too many chances. On another day, if they took them, it could have been more difficult."


City lethal and clinical in the first 45 minutes; able to take foot off the gas in the second.

With Lyon on the horizon, it was arguably the perfect game today. 


Great break from City. Four on four, countering at pace, Sterling slips in Sane. He tries to twist and turn his way through to goal but West Ham get it clear...just. 


Antonio hits the post! Silva disposessed (foul?). Arnautovic plays a great ball to release Antonio, who's clean through - but his effort hits the outside of the post!


Should have been four! Sterling had the ball taken off his toe by Fabianski when certain to score, Sane's follow-up effort saved low down by the Hammers keeper. 


Excellent. Never easy going away after an international break. We weren't perfect but we've played some great stuff and scored three good goals. 


Fernandinho plays a brilliant ball to Sterling, who cushions a first-time pass into Sane's path. Sane takes two touches and scores. Wow. Best goal of the game. 


Fine start from City - but West Ham have respinded since the second goal. Anderson looks lively, Antonio is a threat. City need to stay focused. 

Superb passing move. Sane ends up with it, skins Zabaleta and crosses low across the six-yard box - Sterling arrives at the back post to score. So, so easy and so, so brilliant. 

Brilliant from Delph. Dispossesses Zabaleta, plays a fine 40-yard pass to Sterling. He crosses it for Aguero, whose shot goes over the bar. Good move. 


Fernandinho broke from inside his own half, played it to Walker who slipped it to Sterling down the right. He plays a low cross, which takes a deflection, and Silva sneaks in and finishes first time. 



Silva strikes one from a tight angle - blasts against the sidenetting. That all came from Aguero pressuring Anderson inside the West Ham box, forcing him into a mistake. 


Zabaleta stabs the ball through to Antonio, who looked offside. He was clean through but Laporte shows great pace to get back in and make a fine challenge. 


Consistent improvement

These numbers show how City have steadily improved in front of goal under each recent manager.

City’s goals per game ave:

18/19 under Pep: 3 goals per game scored,  0.42 conceded

17/18 under Pep: 2.79 goals per game scored, 0.71 conceded

13/14 Under Pellegrini: 2.68 goals per game scored, 0.97 conceded

11/12 under Mancini: 2.45 goals per game scored, 0.76 conceded



We have faced just 24 shots on target this season; even if every shot on target had resulted in a goal, we would still have conceded fewer times than Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff.


Pep on whether City are better this season than last

"I don't remember last season. I'm not comparing the stats.

"Yesterday I said after 100 points a lot of nice words were said about us. So far we are a solid team and a humble team in terms of effort without the ball and that is what I want to see."


Pep on West Ham's attacking play

"The quality upfront for West Ham...they are one of the best in the league.

"Arnautovic is an incredible player, Anderson is very talented and did very well at Lazio. Antonio is strong.

"It's tough, we know that. And after the international break - especially away - always it's difficult." 


Pep on Manuel

Pellegrini knows your players well. Does that make it harder?

"Yeah, it's important to know the quality of the players. If you know their skills, you can adapt to the good things and bad things. Fortunately, Manuel and myself we cannot play. It's the quality of the players [that will count]."


Fernandinho since Pep took charge

Started 76 games

Won 105 tackles

Completed 5,317 passes

Taken 7,155 touches

All of those numbers are the highest in the City squad. 


Team news is in!

City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph, Gundogan, Fernandinho, D Silva (c), Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Kompany, Stones, Mahrez, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden


Marko the main man

No doubt who the main threat today is: Marko Arnautovic 

Since December 9 2017, has been involved in 46.9% of West Ham’s goals (49 team total).

Only Mo Salah is higher with 48.6% of Liverpool's 74 goals. 


Silva service

David Silva has been directly involved in eight goals in 11 Premier League games against West Ham, scoring four and assisting four.



Since Guardiola’s arrival, City have scored three or more goals on 39 occasions.

By comparison, Liverpool have managed 32, Arsenal 31 and Chelsea 31. 


Head-to-head stats

West Ham have lost all three meetings at the London Stadium in all competitions, scoring one goal and conceding 13.

City have won all four of their league games against the Hammers under Pep, recording an aggregate score of 13-3.

West Ham have won just two of their last 16 league games against City (D3, L11). Current Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of City for both of those matches.


Goals galore?

If this fixture doesn't bring goals, then I'd be staggered. Of all the managers to have taken control of 50 or more Premier League games, Pep and Pellegrini have the highest goals-per-games rate.

Pep (88 games): Averages 3.33 goals per game 

Pellegrini (126 games): Averages 3.21 goals per game 

Ancelotti (76 games): Averages 3.12 goals per game 


Unbelievable record

City are unbeaten in their last 34 Premier League matches which have kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday (W30, D4), a record in the competition.


Landmark beckons

City can become only the second non-London club to win six consecutive top-flight games in the capital, following in the footsteps of Portsmouth (from 1950 to 1951).


City team news

We are without Bernardo Silva after he picked up a knock while on international duty but Nicolas Otamendi is available to play.

Benjamin Mendy, who has been ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are on the long-term injury list.



“Do I want to be the best defender in Europe? Of course. Any defender will tell you that – who wouldn’t want to be the best?

“Sergio Ramos is probably the best centre-back in the world at the moment as we know we have to match his standards or better him if we are to be as good as he is.

“To get to the top, you must have an edge to your game, like Ramos does.”



“No matter the players you have, at the end of the day what matters is the one who manages the whole team - in this case Pep Guardiola.

“We know how he is and what he wants from us.

“In the first season, it was more complicated to adapt to his style of play, but after some time, we managed to understand his philosophy.

“I think he is a great manager and no matter which team he manages, you know he's going to do well.

“The Premier League is not easy. Staying unbeaten is not within the reach of many teams. I think we have undertaken a big process since Pep arrived.



“There are different ways to try to play.

“The first thing is you know you must not make mistakes.

“If you make a mistake, they have players who will take advantage. But they also have had difficult games this season.

“Lyon played well against them. Wolves played a good game against them. Liverpool and Tottenham played good games against them.

“There are different ways to do it. I don’t think all those teams played in the same way.

“We are trying to continue thinking and playing as a big team. Of course, we consider who we are playing.

“But we are not going to play the game just to have a draw and not to concede too many goals. We are going to try to use the game as a good test.”

Other games that day

  • Tottenham Hotspur3
  • Everton1
    Cardiff City0
  • Manchester United0
    Crystal Palace0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion1
    Leicester City1
  • Fulham3
  • Watford0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 13 +21 33
3 Tottenham Hotspur 13 +12 30
4 Chelsea 13 +17 28
5 Arsenal 12 +11 24
6 Everton 13 +5 22
7 Manchester United 13 -1 21
8 Bournemouth 12 +5 20
9 Watford 13 0 20
10 Leicester City 13 +1 18
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 -1 16
12 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 -5 15
13 West Ham United 13 -8 12
14 Newcastle United 12 -6 9
15 Crystal Palace 13 -9 9
16 Burnley 12 -13 9
17 Southampton 13 -14 8
18 Cardiff City 13 -15 8
19 Fulham 13 -19 8
20 Huddersfield Town 12 -16 7
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