Man City 1 – West Ham 0
Manchester City stayed one point behind Liverpool on Wednesday following a 1-0 win over West Ham.
Sergio Aguero was the match-winner for the Sky Blues slotting home a second half penalty.
Man City were awarded the spot-kick after a foul on Bernardo Silva in the West Ham box.
Was it a soft decision?
Manuel Lanzini was screwed vs Man City
Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini was introduced at the break for West Ham.
Lanzini was at the centre of West Ham’s best chance in the match.
He slid a super pass to Andy Carroll, who forced a top save from Ederson.
But should West Ham have won a penalty in the build-up?
Nicolas Otamendi hacked at Lanzini as he opened up space in the City box.
If Lanzini had hit the deck, would he have won a spot-kick?
Manuel Pellegrini believed Lanzini was screwed at Man City.
Moreover, Pellegrini was upset the City spot-kick was given.
Manuel Pellegrini: “I’m not happy with the result because it was not a penalty. Silva threw himself down when he felt a touch. Lanzini had the same thing but didn’t go down, so the referee didn’t whistle.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) February 27, 2019
Lanzini knee update before Newcastle
Lanzini has only just returned to action for West Ham after eight months on the sidelines.
In the build-up to the World Cup, Lanzini suffered a terrible ACL injury.
He’s yet to start a match since his comeback, but could that happen against Newcastle this weekend?
That’s possible, after Lanzini discussed how he knee was feeling after the Man City match:
I am feeling good, I’m feeling strong, I’m happy to be back and feeling strong. It’s amazing to be back on the pitch and I am feeling like a player again and that is good!
It was a very good recovery with two special guys and the recovery was long but good. For now, I feel I am getting stronger.
It’s very close to 100 per cent because now this was my second game and I played 45 minutes. I finished the game and I feel very good and not tired. The knee is not swelling which is fantastic news and I feel I am near to 100 per cent.
Lanzini’s West Ham contract
25-year-old Lanzini is under contract with West Ham until 2020.
However according to reports, the Hammers are set to award the playmaker with a new deal.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) February 27, 2019