World class star Kevin De Bruyne has raved about ‘great’ West Ham and worries it will be tough for Man City at the London Stadium.
West Ham welcome title hopefuls Manchester City to east London on Sunday and there is plenty riding on the game.
The Hammers know they will go above Man United into sixth place – a Europa League spot – with a win.
And for Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Man City side there is the small matter of the Premier League title being on the line.
It is all set against the backdrop of West Ham captain Mark Noble’s big farewell too.
Ahead of the game against West Ham, Man City have been plunged into an exponential defensive injury crisis with Aymeric Laporte and makeshift centre-back Fernandinho looking set to miss the match along with Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker and John Stones.
Nathan Ake – who has been described as semi fit after being rushed back to action – is now City’s only available centre half for the trip to face West Ham.
Man City will likely have to play midfielder Rodri in defence after he filled in for the closing stages against Wolves following the injuries to Laporte and Fernandinho.
West Ham still have plenty to worry about at the other end of course given City’s glittering array of attacking talent.
Guardiola’s side have responded emphatically to their Champions League semi-final exit by scoring 10 goals in two games against Newcastle and Wolves.
West Ham also bounced back from their own European semi-final heartbreak by beating Norwich 4-0.
With back-to-back Europa League qualification dangling as a carrot for West Ham. the emotion of Noble’s farewell and City’s defensive issues, hopes will be high that the Hammers can cause a shock to round off another brilliant campaign.
Speaking ahead of the match, Man City’s four-goal hero against Wolves – Kevin De Bruyne – has warned his teammates West Ham will be extremely difficult opposition.
Kevin De Bruyne raves about ‘great’ West Ham and worries it will be tough for Man City
In an interview with BBC Sport, De Bruyne raves about ‘great’ West Ham and worries it will be tough for Man City on Sunday.
“Whenever we play, we have to play the game we play,” the Belgian sensation told BBC Sport.
“That’s what we did today and we will have to do the same against West Ham.
“West Ham have had a great season and played really well. It is their last home game of the season so we know it will be a tough one.
“We don’t have a lot of players – it is about commitment, but it is going to be hard (against West Ham).”