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West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City: Three things that we learnt

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West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City: Three things that we learnt

The London Stadium remains a problem for West Ham

They have won seven of their first 15 competitive matches in their new stadium, which isn’t bad, but it is hardly at the level that they would have expected at the beginning of the season. There were big plans among the ownership and the Champions League was spoken about as a target. However, that is now being used as a stick to beat them with as they are struggling to live up to the levels that they showed last season. There remains pressure on Slaven Bilic and there was little shown tonight to convince the owners that they are making progress.

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The main problem with the London Stadium is that it lacks the atmosphere that Upton Park had. The supporters are too far away from the pitch and the opposition teams are comfortable playing at London Stadium. Manchester City were a team that were short of confidence after a poor run of results, but West Ham looked shackled and remain uncomfortable at the London Stadium, which allowed the visitors to play their football. It is a psychological problem more than anything else, but it needs to be corrected, especially if West Ham want to continue progressing as a club.

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