西汉姆(West Ham)击败利物浦(Liverpool)就是莫耶斯(Moyes)所做的。他赢了。

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West Ham United Manager David Moyes

是2019年12月,在圣诞节和新年之间,没人知道这一天,大卫·莫耶斯(David Moyes)再次成为每个人开玩笑的屁股。

救援后西汉姆from relegation 18 months before, Moyes was jettisoned by the假阳具兄弟Messrs Gold and Sullivan who wished for a more ambitious appointment.

But the Manuel Pellegrini experiment was a failure. Pellegrini often spoke of creating a ‘big club mentality’ at West Ham but it simply looked like more of the same – a side with all the backbone of a puddle, filled with expensive but lightweight signings, who were mired in yet another relegation battle.

It’s against this context that Moyes said:“任何人都与我在一起的是一位经验丰富的英超经理。”

“可以说,只有两个或三个比我多。我在一定数量的经理中也获得了最大的胜利率。我就是做这个的。我赢了。”

‘I win’. A line that appeared destined to damn the West Ham manager. The hyenas of social media lept upon it like lions who’ve discovered an errant human in their enclosure.

The response from the press wasn’t much different either. Jonathan Wilson, perhaps still smarting from Sunderland’s relegation under Moyes, wrote a particularly vicious piece in守护者.

乔纳森•刘相同的纸,开始了他的自己的作品与:“ Well, I’m sorry to say again: it’s Moysey,” and concluded: “Moyes is the perfect emblem of these bleak and perplexing times: a man who neither improves teams nor greatly degrades them but will simply be there, right until he isn’t.

“He won’t take you in the wrong direction, because he doesn’t take you in any direction.”

It’s fair to say both journalists have treated themselves to a large slice of humble pie in recent months.

In all honesty, plenty of West Ham fans were uninspired by the return of Moyes. Fast forward to November 2021 and every Hammer has marks on their arms from repeatedly pinching themselves.

No, this isn’t a dream.

Over the past two years, Moyes has assembled a team that’s almost a Premier League cheat code. West Ham possess athletic centre-backs who relish defending. They have two modern full-backs. The Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek axis in midfield is the envy of the rest of the division.

Forwards such as Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals are both creative and could profitably sideline as nightclub bouncers. While Michail Antonio behaves as predictably as a wasp at a picnic, he’s an absolute nightmare to play against.

Married to excellent organisation and a ruthless application of set-plays, West Ham have risen from being bottom dwellers to (almost) conceivably being talked up as title contenders.

And the win over Liverpool showcased the very best of Moyesian football.

文书期刊gen Klopp, showing all the magnanimity of David Brent inspecting a Victoria sponge, claimed Alisson had been fouled for West Ham’s opener. What the Liverpool boss failed to note was that his goalkeeper visibly shrank under Angelo Ogbonna’s challenge.

From there, West Ham defended resolutely but allowed their opponents too much possession. Blink and you’d confuse them for Gareth Southgate’s England in a big tournament game.

So, paradoxically, the inevitable equaliser was the best thing that could have happened for Moyes. After tweaking things at half-time, pushing Fornals further forward to expose Liverpool’s midfield frailties, West Ham took the game to their powerful opponents.

Last January, West Ham faced Liverpool on a similar run of good form and meekly surrendered to a 3-1 defeat. It was a match that indicated that, despite the progress Moyes had made, he’d always bottle the big occasions against strong opponents.

但不是这次。Fornals和Kurt Zouma的下半场进球,后者剥削了Trent Alexander-Arnold的Metamorphosis,成为鱿鱼游戏参与者,玩红灯,绿灯,为快乐的锤子取得了著名的胜利。

Despite reports that parts of east London had been submerged in celebatory champagne, Moyes wasn’t getting too far ahead of himself afterwards.

“我一直想一直保持积极的态度。我想说的是我们可以做的,但目前我看不到。

“我们错过了欧洲冠军联赛足球的两分(上赛季) - 那么为什么我们不在那里呢?

“We are not getting carried away but it is feeling good at the moment.”

It certainly hasn’t felt this good for West Ham supporters since the mid-1980s. Perhaps, this time, the bubbles won’t fade and die before they reach the sky.

而且,每个人似乎都忘记了Moyes的“赢家”评论。有趣的是。

ByMichael Lee


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