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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City fans got exactly what they wanted.

Many people believe that the 1980 United States men's hockey team won the gold medal at Lake Placid against the Soviet Union.

That is not true.

The Americans created their chance to win gold on home soil by beating the Russians. However, after their "Miracle," the Americans still had to beat Finland to finish the job.

In the 2004 movie that dramatized the Americans' championship journey, there is a famous scene where head coach Herb Brooks addresses his team as they are down 2-1 to the Finns after two periods. Brooks had to find something to tell his players to inspire them, something to motivate them.

Fear often works.

"If you lose this game," Brooks said, "you'll take it to your graves."

Manchester City's position entering their final match of the season was comparable. City had done the heavy lifting in their prior two matches at Goodison Park against Everton and at home against Aston Villa.

City only needed to secure a point against a much weaker West Ham United side to bring the Premier League trophy back to the blue side of Manchester.

A loss to the Hammers, though, would surely follow this group of Sky Blues into history and perhaps into the great beyond.

Here are six takeaways from Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United.

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