West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has slammed his side’s defending in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, a Sadio Mane brace, and a Daniel Sturridge strike condemned West Ham to defeat on opening day.
The high line used against Jurgen Klopp’s men brought criticism from many quarters. In the end it was too easy for the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to get in behind and cause damage.
I was so upset with the way we defended and I was not happy with the way we attacked. We didn’t create too many chances, except for a ten-minute period in the first half, and we didn’t have good possession of the ball, so we need to improve in that. Every time that you bring in so many players it is difficult to adapt to a new system but we are just starting the season, we need to continue working hard, analyse this game and think about the next game where we will be better and which players are in their best moment.
Many supporters lay the blame of the defeat at the midfield duo of Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble. The pair were too passive, and both couldn’t keep up with the pace and energy of the Reds.
Supporters still have reservations about the duo in the midfield. West Ham don’t have a plethora of options in the midfield, however, so changes would be minimal.
However, Pellegrini has refused to lay the blame at the door of his midfield. Instead, the Chilean stated that he doesn’t look at individual performances and only looks at the team display.
I don’t analyse the individual players. I think that our team, we conceded four goals because we made some mistakes in our defending. It was one of our targets to get some points at Liverpool away. However we didn’t so now we return to the pitch on Tuesday and start thinking about Bournemouth.
West Ham will be looking at the Bournemouth clash on Saturday to get their season on track. Victory will change the mood dramatically around the London Stadium.
It’ll be interesting to see what changes the manager does make. Regardless, Hammers fans will feel confident of a good display on Saturday.