After three months of hype and hope West Ham United did their best to pour cold water over the lot.
West Ham fans are sick of the sight of Manchester City.
The reigning champions always seem to make light work of the Hammers.
That was the case yet again as Manuel Pellegrini’s side surrendered to a 5-0 drubbing in the season opener on Saturday.
Realism vs reality check
The majority of fans were realistically expecting nothing less than defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled side.
But there was also the hope that West Ham might catch City cold in the first game.
Indeed Pellegrini even had the benefit of seeing City up close and personal in a pre-season thrashing in Asia.
It clearly didn’t help West Ham, though, as City made light work of the Irons’ worryingly meek rearguard.
The emphatic nature of the defeat has left many supporters deflated already.
Gold and Tricky Trev give hope
But there are messages of hope from West Ham co-owner David Gold and club legend Trevor Sinclair as Pellegrini’s side look to get back on track away to Brighton on Saturday.
“Disappointing result but we must remain positive and go again against Brighton with belief,” Gold said on Twitter in the aftermath of the defeat.
Disappointing result but we must remain positive and go again against Brighton with belief. dg https://t.co/ADhoAzmZr0
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 10, 2019
Sinclair, who was at the stadium working as a pundit with talkSPORT, said the Hammers should not be too hard on themselves.
“Wow looked outstanding at London Stadium today,” Sinclair said on Twitter.
“Plenty of positives despite the score line.”
Wow looked outstanding at LS today. Plenty of positives despite the score line ⚒ pic.twitter.com/TC5u3ILvM3
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) August 10, 2019
Hammers must start again but Brighton won’t be easy
West Ham must quickly put the City result behind them when they travel to Brighton.
Chelsea’s 4-0 humbling at Manchester United will help rationalise things in that respect.
West Ham were very good on the ball for long spells in the first half.
The big worry was just how little they troubled City’s goal and how easily the visitors cut through West Ham’s defence.
Brighton won’t be easy, though.
Graham Potter’s side will have their tails up after a superb 3-0 away win at Watford got their season off to a flier.