It must be debilitating to Liverpool who notched a 5:0 victory against Watford to realise City were grinding out a result behind them, looming like a Terminator and just waiting to make their break for the final sprint.
Our first two stats are appearances and minutes played with both making 25 for the season in the league, Rice having not missed a PL starting Xl since mid-September, and playing marginally more minutes than Fernandinho.
Former City manager Pellegrini said of the incident: "To be generous, a little soft".
West Ham moved up to ninth in the table thanks to their victory, with skipper Mark Noble wrapping up the points from the penalty spot. If we had lost this game with another action then maybe we could accept it, but not that penalty. In the other box Manuel Lanzini had exactly the same and he didn't throw (himself) to the floor.
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There was minimal contact and if it had happened at the other end, it would nearly certainly not have been given. "I didn't think about City, but it is of course what I expected".
West Ham were struggling with injuries and had as many as eight players out, which forced Pellegrini to take some risks when it came to team selection against Manchester City.
"It's fantastic to be back on the pitch and I am feeling like a player again and that is good!"
And there was also Andy Carroll's big chance.
It was a great effort, the only one the Hammers managed in the game, but at least they had a go on a day that was hampered by the withdrawal of Marko Arnautovic on the morning of the match. "I know people expect us to win every game 5-0 but we don't care", De Bruyne added. The games against Newcastle, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Everton coming up will decide that.
"But Manu changed our game, he is a player giving good assistance to the forwards, always receiving the ball, always asking for the ball and I don't remember him losing one pass tonight". "He is a very important player for this club and I think it's a good idea from the club to honour him like this".