Pep Guardiola has no doubts that West Ham have the quality to get a positive result from their visit to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night and has urged his Manchester City stars to be ready.
“I don’t control the results of the other ones, I’m too busy working on what we have to do tomorrow against West Ham,” Guardiola said in his pre-match news conference.
“West Ham maybe didn’t do in the Premier League the season they expected like they have for the past two seasons, but [David] Moyes has been exceptional and that doesn’t mean the quality isn’t there.
“I will review their games against Liverpool and Arsenal a little bit and I will review the first game of the Premier League [season].
“The quality is there. At set-pieces they are maybe one of the best, scored three goals against Crystal Palace [in their last match] they attack the channels with [Michail ] Antonio and [Jarrod] Bowen, [Declan] Rice is an exceptional player.
“The weapons are there, they are a good team, they didn’t do a good season like they expect but the weapons are there. I don’t have doubts that in one game anything can happen that’s why we have to be absolutely ready.”