With dangerous weather conditions stemming from Storm Ciara, Manchester City’s match against West Ham has been postponed, meaning City will go 20 days without a game.
Following heavy winds and rain throughout the United Kingdom, Manchester City’s home match against West Ham will be postponed until a later date. This means City will get nearly a three-week break before an important Premier League game against Leicester City four days before the biggest match of the season against Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.
The game will be rescheduled for a later date, but given City’s fixture congestion in midweek, this could be a difficult task. There is no date to this point for the rescheduled fixture, and could depend on City’s performance in the FA Cup and Champions League and their midweek availability.
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This game against West Ham was one of City’s final opportunities to really find form before such an important stretch of the season, and losing it represents a blow. City have yet to score a goal in all of February, and with Real Madrid in decent form at the summit of La Liga, the task appears to be more difficult than ever.
City must shake off the rust and lack of match fitness as quickly as possible to find their best form of the season. That seems like an uphill battle, and losing a very winnable fixture until a later date will give players an opportunity to get fit, but there could be a serious risk of rust on Feb. 26. The Citizens will look to make the most of this extended break to find fitness and form before the return of the Champions League, but now, they must do it quickly.