West Ham were battered at home to Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

They weren’t much better at Brighton on Saturday, although they did manage to take a point away from the Amex Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini brought in some top class players in the summer, and we were all very excited ahead of the new season.

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Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

That optimism appears to have been dashed already, however.

West Ham have looked slow, laboured and well off the pace during pre-season and their two Premier League games.

Even the basics such a pressing the opposition have seemed to be a struggle for the Hammers.


And Lukasz Fabianski backed up that notion, when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website:

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Lukasz Fabianski (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“We tried to put more pressure on the players on the ball. That was one of the issues we struggled with against City. It is almost impossible to do it for 90 minutes but there were times when we put pressure on Brighton and that helped us defend better.”

Things don’t get any easier for West Ham. They face a tricky trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Saturday.

And failure to win that game really would pile the pressure on Pellegrini and his players.

If they get the basics right, such as pressing and closing down the opposition, however, they will have every chance of beating the Hornets.

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