Friday, September 29, 2023

West Ham trolled by ‘massive’ Bayer Leverkusen after losing final pre-season game 4-0

West Ham’s pre-season campaign ended on a sour note with a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen. The German club couldn’t resist taunting their English opponents, asking if they were now considered “massive”. This defeat left West Ham players and fans bewildered, especially since the new season was just a week away.

To make matters worse, West Ham has had a challenging summer both on and off the pitch. Despite winning the Europa Conference League in June, the club has faced difficulties behind the scenes. They made a significant profit by selling their star player and captain, Declan Rice, to Arsenal for £105 million. However, they have yet to invest any of that money in new signings. Additionally, they are set to suffer a financial loss on striker Gianluca Scamacca, who is likely to be transferred back to Italy for a reduced fee after a disappointing season.

Reports of disagreements between manager David Moyes and new technical director Tim Steidten over transfers have created tension within the club. There are even rumors that Steidten may leave shortly after his appointment, while Moyes’ job is also said to be at risk.

With just a week left until the start of the new season, West Ham’s preparations have been far from ideal. Their final pre-season match in Germany ended in a heavy defeat, with the home team leading 3-0 after just 40 minutes. West Ham failed to mount a comeback in the second half, and Robert Andrich’s goal in the 69th minute sealed their fate with a 4-0 loss.

To be fair, Moyes made several changes throughout the match, as is customary in pre-season games. However, this performance did little to inspire confidence for the upcoming season. West Ham will be aiming to improve on last season’s finish, where they narrowly avoided relegation by just four points.

The disappointment for West Ham fans was compounded by Bayer Leverkusen’s social media administrator’s ruthless trolling. It was a bitter end to their pre-season campaign, leaving the club with much work to do before the new season begins.

On a separate note, talkSPORT has launched a new match center where fans can stay updated with the latest football fixtures, results, and standings. It provides comprehensive coverage of the Premier League, including fixtures, the league table, and all other relevant information.

Overall, West Ham’s pre-season has been far from ideal, and they face significant challenges both on and off the pitch as they approach the new season.
West Ham United FC have been soundly blown away in their final pre-season game by German powerhouse Bayer Leverkusen. The match ended 4-0 to the German side to the contemptuous amusement of Leverkusen, who couldn’t resist trolling their just-beaten opponents.

West Ham entered the match feeling confident, hoping to end pre-season on a high after a string of improved performances in the last few weeks.

However, this optimism was snuffed out by a brutish display from Leverkusen, who tore apart an underwhelming West Ham. The German side went into half-time 3-0 up, with goals from Kerem Demirbay, Lucas Alario and Nadiem Amiri.

The game was wrapped up in the second half, with Kai Havertz scoring Leverkusen’s fourth in the 56th minute, adding insult to injury for West Ham who were by now utterly deflated.

After the game, Bayer Leverkusen, clearly enjoying themselves, took the opportunity to engage in an ungentlemanly, if witty, exchange of taunts against the defeated West Ham United.

The tweet read ‘Great stuff today from us! 4-0 over a ‘massive’ club from London. What a way to end pre-season!’, accompanied by the hashtag #BLWESTHAM.

The tweet, intended to rile the humiliated West Ham, was an immediate success, being liked and retweeted by hundreds of Leverkusen and rival fans.

West Ham responded late, with a picture of Captain Mark Noble, carrying an umbrella with the caption ‘Keeping it classy’, perfectly summing up the exchange.

The game ended 4-0 to Leverkusen in a match that few West Ham fans will look back on with fondness. Bayer Leverkusen were not done, though, taunting West Ham United after their win in a wild and perhaps misjudged display of beer garden wit.

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