Zabaleta: We’ll turn the page and think about the next game


Pablo Zabaleta says West Ham United will move on quickly from Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City and turn their attention to next weekend’s trip to Newcastle United.

The Hammers were undone by an efficiently clinical performance from Pep Guardiola’s league leaders at London Stadium, who moved into a three-goal lead inside 34 minutes before Leroy Sane’s second made it four at the death.

While Zabaleta didn’t feel his team deserved to be on the end of such a heavy scoreline, he admitted they need to be better in both boxes but is confident they can return to winning ways swiftly.

He said: The best thing as a team is to go in on Monday, see each other, turn the page and think about the next game. Move on, simple as that, just take the positives from this game and keep believing as a team that we're going to improve for sure because we have enough quality to play better and win games.

“The difference on Saturday was the quality in the final third. That’s the key to winning games, and they did it.

“I thought they had five chances, they scored four goals and that was the difference because I don’t think our performance was bad.

“I thought we played a good game and had our chances, but we were not clinical enough to score goals. 

“When you play against the best team you probably need the best performance and we should have done better defensively with the first three goals we conceded. They came inside our six yard box and that’s where you need to be solid and not concede easy goals.

“We did everything to try and get something out of the game but it wasn’t possible."