Hello friends, welcome to another update of West Ham story. I am sure you are eager as me to find out how we fare after the departure of several first team players. After winning the last three Premiership title, we will go into the history book to become the first team to win four titles in a row. Before showing you the results in the Premier League, first let’s head straight to the League Cup and see our progress.
Our draw in the League Cup had been favorable and we didn’t face any problems in advancing to the semi-finals. Bristol City did gave us a scare as they held us to a draw in normal time and we needed an extra time goal to meet Chelsea in the semi-final. Our recent record against them is excellent and i am pretty confident we can get past them.
I would say we had a good draw this season and will be welcoming two legends back home whom we had just sold in the summer.
I am talking about Yaya Sanogo and Lorenzo Crisetig. They were sold to AC Milan and immediately have to return to a familiar surrounding in this CL group match. Zenit and Sparta Prague should not cause us any problems and it will be a close fight between us and AC Milan for the top spot. They are the favorites compare to us as you can see the odds below. They are tied with Barcelona to win the CL this season while we are lying in 4th behind Man City.
We were having a good campaign as we managed to win all the games in the group. There were big wins against Zenit and Sparta Prague as they simply couldn’t cope with our attackers. It was a close fight in Milan as we overcame them 1-0 courtesy of a superb goal by Diego Garcia. Back home, it was not a happy return for Sanogo and Crisetig as we ran rout and fire three goals past them.
Without any difficulties, we finished on top of the group and AC Milan joined us in the knockout round as the other two teams had no chance to get near us.
The draw for the 1st knockout round was made and it was a favorable one. Our next round opponent is Turkish club Besiktas whom we never face before. We should be the ultimate favorites to go through as i believe we have too much quality for them.
Well, i never expected us to perform so well after the departure of so many first team regulars. First two matches were not easy as we need to contain Liverpool and Man Utd. Liverpool was finding it hard to beat us in recent season and we maintained our excellent record against them. There was late drama against Man Utd as two injury time goals saw the match headed to a draw. We then rolled on to a seven match winning streak with the game against Burnley producing our biggest win in history.
A loss of form saw Everton and Man City halted our winning run with no goals in both matches. The players found their form again against weaker position including beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool whom we are winning every time we face them now. Another nine victory in a row saw us remained undefeated so far.
17 wins and 3 draws saw us occupy the top position with Man City lying behind us. They are also yet to taste any defeat but find themselves eight points behind us due to the draws they accumulated more than us. The title race is not as close as last season and we are now the favorites to win the title for the fifth time.
I am very happy with the performance of the new signings. Anthony Grosso and Emanual Pereyra are having a great season so far. They are a rock in defence and pop up front to chip in some goals and assist as well. This season saw Alex Diallo taking up more responsibilities with him and Carlos Fierro our two main source for goals. Emilio Pisculichi also contributes significantly with 10 goals and 3 assists.
We have a healthy finance with over 118m in the bank and there is 179m in transfer funds. As you know my January transfer activities is pretty quiet, i don’t expect to bring in too new players when the transfer window opens.
Just an update on my England job, the World Cup qualification group matches has commenced but i will wait till the completion of the matches before my next update.
That’s all for my updates today. Thanks for reading and i am looking forward to your comments.