West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists their 5-0 home defeat to Manchester City didn’t do justice to their performance.
A hat-trick from Raheem Sterling and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero saw the reigning Premier League champions win at London Stadium on a difficult afternoon for the Irons.
“We knew before the game that it would be a difficult game against Manchester City,” Pellegrini said. “It’s difficult to talk when you lose 5-0 in a game. I don’t think the score reflected the difference between the two teams.
“In key moments there were key factors; we were very unlucky. The first goal they scored was lucky. It cleared off our defender. After that, we had a couple of chances to make it 2-1.
“I don’t think we must analyse the performance of the individual players against Manchester City. I think we must play as a team. Especially in the first half, I was not happy with the way we played. We concede goals in the second half where we gave too much time and space to a team with great players.”