Historically at home at the Olympic Stadium in London, Manchester City faced West Ham to revive in the league. Without rhythm or ideas in the first half, the Citizens failed to bring back the three points.
After Leeds United’s 3-0 victory at Aston Villa at the opening of Matchday 6 of the Premier League, English football continued into the early afternoon with a rather exciting poster on paper between West Ham and Manchester City. Because the Londoners had managed to score 11 goals in 5 league games and the Mancuniens still have a strong offensive potential. Despite their good attacks, the two teams started their match in the middle of the table (10th and 11th).
And for the first time since October 2017, Pep Guardiola lined up twice consecutively the same 11. Thus, we found the same holders on the field of the Olympic Stadium as against FC Porto in the Champions League 3 days ago (3-1 ). The Citizens found Kevin De Bruyne, on the bench at kickoff, in the midfield but could count on a Mahrez-Sterling-Aguero trio. David Moyes, for his part, opted for a traditional 5-4-1, with the only Michail Antonio in the lead.
Phil Foden, winning coaching
With a series of 5 wins in a row at the Olympic Stadium, the Skyblues directly printed their mark on the start of the match: a high block and a seat was put in place around Fabianski’s cage. A rather sterile domination, and few clear opportunities, which opened the door to counters for the locals. This is also how they would open the scoring, thanks to a superb return from Michail Antonio (1-0, 18th). For the rest, we still found this territorial occupation of visitors but few breaches found. Uninspired, Pep Guardiola’s men returned sheepish, and led 1 to 0, to the locker room.
To revitalize his team, the Catalan then launched Phil Foden. A winning bet after 6 minutes, since the Englishman would equalize with a beautiful pivot strike with his left foot (1-1, 51st). After more phases that looked more like a handball match, the Mancuniens could not find the net a second time. Even the entry of Kevin De Bruyne (58th), author of a good free kick in the 80th minute, and a face to face from Sterling (86th) were not enough to score the goal synonymous with victory. With this draw, Manchester City still loses points while the two equipped remain stuck in the soft underbelly, in 10th and 11th places.