Manchester City have now won 13 consecutive Premier League games thanks to an incredible comeback victory over West Ham United at the Etihad on Sunday night. The Blues had an awful first half and went behind against the Hammers, but a sensational second half gave City the goals and another win to stay eight points ahead of Manchester United. Oh, and there’s a Derby next week.
From the very beginning, there was something wrong about the way City played. West Ham parked a bus in front of the box and forced the Blues to be incredibly precise in their final ball, but City kept missing the last pass time and time again. The only real chance came with a David Silva shot that was deflected and forced Adrián to tip the ball over the bar.
The Hammers executed their plan to perfection, not conceding any real chances to the hosts and being very dangerous on the counter and on set pieces. And after earning a corner after a counter attack, Manuel Lanzini put a perfect ball into the box and Angelo Ogbonna headed home a shocking opener for West Ham.
At halftime, City needed to improve a lot of things about their game in order to get the goals and the three points.
Pep Guardiola doesn’t usually make substitutions at halftime, but he knew something big needed to change in this game, so he put Gabriel Jesus in place of Danilo, putting Fabian Delph against at left-back and sending the rest of the team forward.
Jesus was wonderful from thes tart, constantly moving in behind the West Ham defenders and providing Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva more space and time on the ball in midfield. Jesus also provided the assist for Nicolas Otamendi’s equalizer, and City had 30 minutes to find a winner.
The Blues increased the pressure even more and created an unbelievable amount of clear chances, but they kept running into an exceptional Adrián who made great save after great save to keep the score level. But there was a point where Adrián couldn’t stop them any longer and after a brilliant pass from De Bruyne, David Silva found the corner of the goal with an acrobatic move to put the Blues ahead.
Guardiola sent Fernandinho on to keep the ball and secure the win in the final minutes, the plan worked. The Blues will travel to Old Trafford next week won the back of three straight 2-1 wins, and they’ve proven they can win any game in any fashion. These Blues are amazing.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Danilo (Jesus); De Bruyne, Delph, Silva; Sterling, Agüero (Fernandinho), Sané
Goals: Otamendi (57’), David Silva (83’)
West Ham: Adrián; Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Kouyaté (Sakho), Fernandes, Obiang, Lanzini (Arnautovic); Antonio (Ayew)
Goal: Ogbonna (41’)