Manchester City faced shocking defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City seems to have lost the winning momentum since their defeat by Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League opener on Tuesday. The Citizens won their opening five matches but have lost back-to-back games this week, creating worries and concerns for the Etihad dugout.
The hosts were aiming to make a return to the winning form against a side, which had already registered away victories at Arsenal and Liverpool this year. The hammers manager Slaven Bilic admitted that the away wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City is a dream.
The Nigerian winger Victor Moses, a loanee from Chelsea, scored the opener in the 6th minute when he drilled in a long range shot. The hammers went 2-0 up just after the half an hour mark when Diafra Sakho hooked in from six yards. Moments before the interval, City’s Kevin De Bruyne fired in to reduce the deficit but they failed to find an equalizer.
Manuel Pelegrini’s men dominated after the break and created a series of chances but the visiting goalkeeper Adrian was in outstanding form and pulled off eight saves. Moreover, West Ham’s center-back Winston Reid was instrumental in helping his side clinch their fourth win of the season as he made the most clearances during the match.
Manchester City dominated the contest as they controlled 72 percent of possession and attempted 27 shots at goal. On the contrary, the visitors recorded season-lows in both of those categories. With the result, West Ham moved up to second in the table, three points behind the Citizens at the top.
“In the last two games we didn’t play with the concentration or intensity we had shown in the first five games,” said Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager. IMAGE/ Phil Noble/ Reuters