Manchester City need to rediscover a more aggressive approach in their home matches, says manager Manuel Pellegrini after his team’s loss against West Ham.
City won their opening five matches but have suffered back-to-back defeats by Juventus and the Hammers this week.
“In the last two games we didn’t play with the concentration or intensity we had shown in the first five games,” said the 62-year-old Chilean.
“We have 96 points left to play for – there’s a long time to go.”
City lost their first game of the season when Italian champions Juventus fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
Pellegrini’s side were aiming to return to winning ways against a side which had already earned away wins at Arsenal and Liverpool this season. But they missed the chance to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League table, slipping to their first top-flight defeat in 12 matches.
Hammers loanee Victor Moses drilled in a low 20-yard shot and Diafra Sakho hooked in from six yards, before City’s record signing Kevin De Bruyne fired in to halve the deficit.
“I’m frustrated as they were three very important points at home,” added Pellegrini.
“They won their two away games before this game against Arsenal and Liverpool so I knew it would not be easy but we conceded two easy goals and that allowed them to be in front.
“We never believed we had won the title after just five games – we just always focus on the next game.” Agency report