West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wants his team to be “more aggressive” after losing to Manchester City, whufc.com reports. The Hammers were tame as they slumped to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the champions on the opening day of the season.
Pellegrini pointed out a statistic when calling for an improvement in this area. He noted that Man City committed more fouls than West Ham and wanted more bite from his players. He also wants the defence to improve.
Manuel Pellegrini on West Ham improvements
Pellegrini singled out West Ham’s defence when discussing how his team could improve in the future. He told his post-match press conference (as reported by whufc.com): “We have a picture from today. This game will be useful. We know the Premier League is a difficult league. We will review the game.
“Manchester City did 13 fouls and we did five, so we can be a bit more aggressive. We need to improve in defence but I’m sure we have a good squad and we will have good results.”
West Ham’s defensive woes continue
West Ham shipped a lot of goals last season despite Lukasz Fabianski winning the Hammer of the Year award. But only one defender has joined this summer – 18-year-old Goncalo Cardoso.
In pre-season, West Ham conceded plenty of goals. And it was a familiar and sadly inevitable story on the opening day of the season. While Man City’s talent cannot be understated, West Ham conceding five at home cannot be excused.
This is something that should have been addressed with more urgency in the summer. If this continues, West Ham’s success this season will be limited. It is clear to see that a new full-back and a new defensive midfielder should be the priority.