David Moyes praised Manchester City to the hilt after West Ham drew 2-2 with the champions elect yesterday afternoon.
The Hammers took a 2-0 lead into half-time against Manchester City after Jarrod Bowen scored two really well-taken goals.
Man City had the majority of the ball, as was expected to be the case, but they were just not incisive enough and their passing wasn’t as crisp as it usually is.
Pep Guardiola must have got right into his team during the half-time break though.
City were a different side in the second-half and it was immediately clear to see that Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish pushed out wider allowing the space for Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva to exploit either side of Gabriel Jesus.
It was a real backs to the wall job for West Ham. Manchester City ended up scoring twice and the game at the London Stadium finished 2-2.
We’ll take that against the best team in the world. Even in the first-half when we were leading, it was nigh-on impossible for the Hammers players to get the ball from the Man City stars. And Moyes has shared how much he feared for his team during that period…
West Ham boss David Moyes delivers Manchester City verdict after 2-2 draw
The Scot surprisingly told reporters yesterday how he was in awe of Man City’s performance in the first-half, when it was clear to see that they were in fact nowhere near their best, as quoted via WHUFC.com:
“I thought ‘my goodness, City have had so much of the ball’. We couldn’t get the ball off them and I was saying: ‘How are we going to wrestle this game back?’. Even at 2-0 up – even if we’d have been 4-0 up – I think I’d still have been thinking that Man City could come back, because they’re that good a team.”
Moyes, is right, Manchester City dominated the ball inside the first 45 minutes. But they never actually looked like scoring.
Their possession was far more dangerous in the second-half and it showed in the scoreline at the end of the match.
2-2 was a good result for West Ham in the end, against a team with Man City’s quality.
Moyes was obviously very impressed by Manchester City as a team. And Pep Guardiola would surely have left the London Stadium thinking exactly the same about West Ham.