Manchester City vs. West Ham United: 6 Things We Learned

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Manchester City vs. West Ham United: 6 Things We Learned
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"Smiles, everyone, smiles."

For the lopsided, back-country hind-whipping that Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United was, this first leg of a Capital One Cup semi-final tie birthed plenty of talking points.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini started a muted XI against Blackburn Rovers four days earlier in the third round of the FA Cup and paid a stiff price in the form of a Jan. 15 replay.

He made no such mistake against the Hammers, who played from the opening whistle as though any number of goals they conceded in the single digits would be a moral victory.

It was impossible to believe that City and West Ham play in the same league during this match. Of course, with the Hammers languishing in the drop zone on the Premier League table, that might not remain true for long.

Here are six takeaways from Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United.

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