The Portuguese midfielder was handed a starting berth by Manuel Pellegrini at Upton Park – as the Chilean rotated his squad – and produced a Man of the Match-winning showing.
His display has already prompted talk of an increased role between now and the end of the season, with the Sky Blues likely to be fighting on all fronts deep into the campaign.
Lopes says that he will continue to work hard for the team, and that he is hopeful that he’ll get more opportunities in the not too distant future:
“It is very good to play the game against West Ham,” he is quoted by The Express.
“I feel very confident. I don’t know if I can play more Premier League games but I will just do my job and hope to get more opportunities.
“But it is a dream to every player to play at Wembley and I hope that I can be there to help the team. It is not up to me it is up to the manager. I am just going to do my work.”
Lopes is highly-rated at City and has been handed the nickname ‘Ronaldo’ by his team-mates, who see him as a young version of his compatriot who plays for Real Madrid.