Manchester City’s upcoming schedule just got busier after Sunday’s Premier League Week 26 meeting at home to West Ham United was postponed due to Storm Ciara.
Various parts of the United Kingdom were subject to “extreme weather conditions” in association with Storm Ciara, which led to the announcement that the game had been called off several hours prior to kick-off.
Liverpool remain 22 points in front of Pep Guardiola’s side at the Premier League summit, and the Reds could secure their first top-tier title since 1990 as early as March 21.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will strip City of their title provided they win their next six games, although they could seal it sooner should the Citizens slip up.
City midfielder Bernardo Silva told Sky Sports (via Evening Standard’s Malik Ouzia) prior to the postponed Week 26 matchup that the defending champions reached a point in December when they “gave up a bit too soon”:
“It was in our head, everyone was disappointed to be already ten or 15 points behind and our heads went a bit down. It’s difficult because we’re a team used to winning and last season we won everything in England.”
“No one expected us to be this far from Liverpool in January or February,” he added.
The Women’s Six Nations and Super League competitions were also affected by Storm Ciara— England and Scotland’s fixture in the former was also postponed, while the latter contest cancelled two games.
Leicester City can temporarily climb back above City into second if they defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.
Sunday’s postponement works somewhat in favour of West Ham, who are without a win in six outings across all competitions and were hampered by a number of injuries for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Meanwhile, it adds some pain to an already packed schedule for City. Guardiola’s men are preparing to face to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final and Sheffield Wednesday in the fifth round of the FA Cup over their next four games.