We had a glaring hole in midfield against Man City once our heads dropped, and they smelt blood, but for most of the first half we were pretty decent I thought.
Most midfields will be exposed by that Man City side, against teams in and around us, our midfield is fine, attack is the best form of defence....
Yeah, Man City spanked us, but in other news water is wet, the result changes nothing regarding the season for me.
People are far too reactional on this forum at times, losing hurts of course it does, but perspective is needed, we finished 10th last year and have recruited well, other teams have improved also, but we are more than good enough to finish higher this season, Man City are the best side this league has ever seen in terms of quality and consistency, they have the best manager/coach in world football, they were never going to be complacent, not on his watch.
City have had our number for a while now, it has to be a deep-rooted phycological issue for us, we expect to lose so are beaten, even if we are playing well and concede, you can see any confidence we might have had just disappear, and we fold like a deck of cards, the City players must literally be able to smell blood.
Pellegrini has shown that he will only play one way, rightly or wrongly, but that's what he does, the rest is with the players and how they cope mentally.
I would like to see him mix up a bit though, he goes on about the big club mentality, maybe he thinks we are bigger than what we are? Expecting us to go toe to toe with league's best, who knows, but the mentalist inside me loves to see it, I love that we have a go, no matter who the opposition, of course there will be games where we stink the place out, but there will also be games where we blow the opposition away.
The best thing I can recommend is to just enjoy the highs, but don't get too despondent with the lows, of which there might be a few, but we are West Ham, nothing is ever easy.
I think this season will be fun.