Hammers boost as City suffer China setback

West Ham’s hopes of beating Manchester City in their first Asia Cup tournament match got a big boost today via a travel cock-up from Thomas Cook!

City were due to jet off for China on their pre-season tour on Saturday but an administration gaffe on the travel company’s behalf saw permission for the plane to enter Chinese airspace denied.

Players and staff were hastily told on Saturday not to travel to the airport, according to the Telegraph, and Pep Guardiola’s men  will now leave tonight.

It means City will arrive in Shanghai just 48 hours before their match against us and means that none of the players will be in peak condition when they take on the Hammers.

Man City’s pre-season plans hit with problems… but it’s good news for West Ham

City said in a statement yesterday: “Due to unforeseen administrative issue beyond the club’s control, which is being resolved, regrettably, we will embark on our pre-season tour a little later than intended.
“We will now travel tomorrow (Sunday) and look forward to taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy as planned.”

A Thomas Cook Sport spokesman said: “Due to an administrative error with third parties Manchester City’s flight with Aeronexus has had to be delayed a day. We are working hard to resolve this issue and the team are due to depart tomorrow.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Jeff says:

    Well at least that is 1 up to the hammers 👍🤪

  • Laurie Bowden says:

    A bit ironic seeing the Chinese have just bought Thomas Cook.

  • Jamie4nals says:

    Realisticly, won’t make no difference. Our defence hasn’t been strenghend in areas needed, the sooner MP sorts this the better. Top 6 last third, bottom 6 defence.

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