Manchester City is no longer perfect in the Premier League after falling to West Ham 2-1 today at the Etihad.
The Hammers jumped out to an early two goal lead, and despite dominating the second half and creating chance after chance, City couldn’t erase the deficit and was handed their first loss of the season.
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After the match, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said his side played “too rushed” in the second half, which was one of the reasons City failed to find an equalizer against West Ham.
You need to score to win. I think we conceded two easy goals in the first half.
After you concede two goals, you play against the score, against the time, against the rival, against everybody. That’s why I think we played too fast.
(In the second half) we were too rushed. You must be more calm to try to finish the best way, but when you are two goals down it is difficult.
City outshot West Ham 27-6, controlled 72-percent of possession, and had 16 corners compared to West Ham’s three. However, they left with no points.
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David Silva, the resident playmaker in the City midfield, was ruled out of the match after picking up an injury during warmups, but Pellegrini refused to make excuses for the loss today. In fact, Jesus Navas, who got the start in place of Silva, was arguably City’s best player throughout the match.
It was a disappointing result for Manchester City, but the club still sits atop the table and always looked to pose a threat on the attack. They may have played “too rushed,” but any other match when City has more than 25 shots and dominates a half like they did in the second today, it usually ends with a win.