Otamendi out for vengeance against Hammers
- 21 January 2016 17:45
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Nicolas Otamendi says it is important City put a winning run together and follow-up last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace with three more points against West Ham on Saturday.
The Blues haven’t recorded back-to-back Premier League victories since October when Newcastle and Bournemouth were dispatched in successive home games.
With the sixth-placed Hammers next up at Upton Park, Otamendi is aware that beating Slaven Bilic’s side won’t be easy – but says City need to put together a series of victories as the campaign edges towards its final third.
“The game against West Ham will be very important for us because we are in the title race, fighting game by game, and we need to reach a consistency with a series of wins,” said Otamendi.
“It’s very important for us to win at Upton Park and that’s what we will be fighting for on Saturday. We know it won’t be easy because they are a good side with some very good players, many of whom are in a good moment.
“I hope we work well as a team and get all the three points as these are the type of games that define champions.”
Otamendi recalls the first meeting between the two teams last September after making his Premier League debut against the Hammers at the Etihad.
The Blues went into that game with a 100% Premier League of five wins from five and no goals conceded, but lost 2-1 after going two goals behind with just 31 minutes on the clock - a defeat that prevented City going six points clear at the top.
“That was very disappointing and we weren’t at our best,” he said. “But credit to West Ham. They took the game to us early on and played well. We came back into it but by the time we started playing, we were already 2-0 down and we couldn’t find a way back.
“They have played really well away from home and have got impressive results so we know they are where they are in the table on merit – but we will go there confident and aim to win.”