West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini: Man City defended using ‘tactical fouls’

West Ham 0 – Man City 5

Man City’s margin of victory could have been higher had VAR not chalked off a Gabriel Jesus goal for offside.

Yet, even without that goal, the Citizens’ still managed to put 5 past West Ham yesterday afternoon.

Raheem Sterling grabbed the headlines, bagging a hat-trick.

Gabriel Jesus opened for the Sky Blues at the London Stadium.

A Sergio Aguero penalty completed the rout for City.

Manuel Pellegrini: Man City defend by ‘tactical fouls’

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini indicated that Man City used underhanded tactics to beat the Hammers.

According to the Irons boss, Man City stopped West Ham using tactical fouls.

The Manchester Evening News quoted the Chilean after the City game, venting:

Every time that we tried to arrive to their box, they committed 13 fouls. We had just five. We were a little bit innocent.

Readers were then told the following:

When pushed on whether his team needed to be smarter in regard to tactical fouls, the former City manager responded: “We must be more intelligent though to know when to make them, not use it as a system. If you review the game today, we didn’t create too many chances because many of our attacking chances were stopped by a foul. They had 13 fouls, we had five fouls.”

Pep Guardiola: ‘We were sloppy’

As for Pep Guardiola’s post-match analysis, the Man City manager confirmed that his side were too sloppy during the West Ham whitewash.

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