There are two schools of thought from West Ham United fans ahead of the daunting trip to Manchester City this Sunday.
West Ham go into the game having dropped into the relegation zone following a disastrous 3-3 draw with Brighton last time out.
The Hammers twice led Brighton by two goals but somehow squandered two points once again.
Pep Guardiola’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham in the league cup and Premier League respectively.
But more significant is the fact City failed to score in consecutive games for the first time under Guardiola.
Two schools of thought ahead of West Ham’s trip to City
For some West Ham fans that is a positive. They see it as a good time to play last season’s champions.
Others feel it is typical of West Ham’s luck that they run into a City side reeling and hungry to get back on track.
Well West Ham supporters whose thinking lends itself to the latter, look away now.
Because what Guardiola did after Manchester City’s defeat to Spurs was rare and could result in West Ham facing a fired up wounded animal at the Etihad.
What Guardiola did after Spurs defeat looks ominous for Hammers
The Spaniard kept his players locked in the dressing room for almost an hour after the loss (Daily Mail).
He later told the press he was not disciplining his stars.
When the manager eventually emerged from the dressing room after 50 minutes he told Sky Sports that he was simply chatting with his staff and wife.
‘When you’re down at the bottom nothing goes for you’
He told Sky Sports: “I was talking with my staff and my wife, and some of my players. With this performance, it would be a massive mistake to tell them how bad they are.
“A few times it’s happened, and it didn’t happen.”
If Guardiola’s actions do fire City up again, West Ham fans will be left wondering why they could not have faced the below par profligate side of recent weeks.
It seems the old football adage rings as true as it ever did.
‘When you’re down at the bottom nothing goes for you’.