West Ham United manager David Moyes has hinted at how he will set up his side when they travel to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday evening.
Speaking to the club’s official website before the match, the Scot highlighted the Citizens’ recent clashes with Huddersfield Town and Southampton as templates for success against Pep Guardiola’s men.
On both occasions, City won 2-1 with late strikes but their opponents had some joy by defending deep and remaining organised at the back, picking their moments to attack whilst looking to exploit set-pieces and crosses into the box.
The table-toppers are unbeaten so far this season and whilst they have swept many teams aside with their devastating offensive play, they have also picked up a knack of scoring crucial goals close to full-time.
Although he did not give too much away, Moyes stressed the importance of getting the defensive side of the game right against City’s galaxy of stars.
“I don’t think there’ll be a team who plays Manchester City who doesn’t have to defend for long periods,” said the 54-year-old.
“Huddersfield did a brilliant job and Southampton did a good job of it too.
“We have to go there and make it as hard as we can and see if we can nick something.”
West Ham come into this game on a run of poor form and with Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Everton still fresh in the memory.
Moyes has been in charge for three matches but has thus far been unable to arrest the decline in performances that ultimately cost Slaven Bilic his job last month.
Sunday sees the Hammers go head to head with arguably the in-form side in European football at present and they must be disciplined and clinical if they are to take anything away from the fixture.