Arthur Masuaku has backed the growing opinion among the fans that the Hammers really have to step up their game in a hurry.
Like last season the pre-season has been a disappointment and a match against one of the best teams in the world – rather than providing a stern test – became in reality something of an embarrassment.
And in handing down his view the Irons need to pick things up big time, the left back accepted responsibility for his part in the defeat in the game against Manchester City.
He explained to www.whufc.com: “We knew before the game that Man City are a big team, especially with the players they have bought this window.
“It was a friendly game, but we were thinking about improving our play and, in my opinion, I didn’t think we played our best.
“We have to be positive, like we said in the dressing room after the game. We still have to improve because the main event is going to start next week.”
It was ‘misunderstanding’ between Masuaku and Angelo Ogbonna which handed City their lead and Masuaku knows that has to stop.
He said: “If you do mistakes against these kind of teams, you will directly get punished. We have to avoid this kind of stuff, especially like for the first goal, which was a misunderstanding.
“We have to cut this out, otherwise next week against Man United, we will put ourselves in trouble.”
We know it was only a friendly but , the difference in class was for all to see . Classy teams with oodles of talent don’t make that many nieve errors . We are not looking to winning the League because we know that’s impossible . ( nobody will ever do a Leicester again ) .
But if we want a top 6 finish we must communicate better on the field and have a plan .
That is down to the Manager with the players he has available and the players responding . It was a disappointing preseason . That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a disappointing season . Time to get it right is next week . Hopefully the friendlies have served a purpose .
This side needs a seyonce to start communicating ffs 😎 Nada has changed since last year so bilic has only now seen the writing on the wall , I think Mr nicey needs to become Mr angry and tell a few how it is 😈 I might be wrong but i think jersadick has a part in this shambles that’s going on on the field , not quite Carling is it , more a bitter taste 😕
I’m not a great lover of either Ogbonna or Masuaku, but Ogbonna had the ball under control and could see the field in front of him. He should have seen the man bearing down on Masuaku, and cleared the ball further up-field. Giving away such an early mistake to such a top class team costs the team all their preparation for the game.
West Ham now have a fear of injury mentality . And to be honest I can’t blame them , Laz .
Our squad isn’t capable in depth to deal with it . Against City , although it was only a friendly , the message was clearly ; don’t get injured .
Sorry for my ignorance, but who is ” jersadick ” ? .
I suspect he’s using a phone and it auto-corrected Julian Dicks…
Ah , yeh , that sounds reasonable . Thanks , Buddy .
Think he means Jurcevic the coach ; )
Give jimbo the coconut 😂
I am hoping that the comments re acquisitions are just to put others off the trail because we do not have ready made replacements for injuries to key players and we cannot expect anything from the likes of Carroll and Sakho
Given that Real Madrid and the Spuds were rolled over by the same score and they ain’t minnows, also our main creative player Lanzini and gun toting Antonio was absent can’t see any real complaints. New players unless they are in the 50k + bracket have to bed in, personally thought Feghouli was just beginning to show in the last couple of games why we bought him, playing on the left suited him no end and would have given him another season to blossom. Citeh have a good balance and forwards with pace and ability if we had pushed up when they played out of defence we would have been punished no end so what do you do, we have no pace in defense or midfield, it is what it is, just one of their players is probably worth more than most of the team we played. If anyone has a spare billion to give away we sure could use it. Next year we along with a lot of teams in the Prem are going to suffer through inflated prices more than this thanks to PSG and the crazy money. The sooner we have a Super league and get shut of the money machines the better it will become but can’t see it happening soon.
Ignore friendlies they are just irrelevant – the problem is the lack of quality and basically the shortage of bodies – we need another half a dozen players ready for the Premiership – it’s going to be a long Season!