Manuel Pellegrini talks about Burnley match and European ambitions

Manuel Pellegrini discussed how he is assessing his team after a very tough game against Man City which West Ham lost 0-5 and how they will fair against Burnley.

“It was not a good start to the season. We made too many mistakes. We need to improve if we want to be a competitive team. We played 45 minutes of a very nice game against City.

“We must try to win the next game we’re playing. We are not thinking about our targets or achievements in May. One defeat does not change our minds. We have a good squad and we must try to play better in the other games. We have just started the season now.”

On whether the current team feels like a Manuel Pellegrini team: “I think so. It wasn’t easy in the first season but now I think we have the squad we wanted. We are not talking about European spots; we are focusing on the way we are playing.”

On their style of play: “We must be consistent in our style. All the preparation, or the most part of it, is in the way we can improve our style of playing.”

On Jack Wilshere: “Jack is working without any problem with the squad. We don’t have any problem with him working with another physio. He is working as normal. He is OK.”

On Adrian winning the Super Cup with Liverpool: “Very happy for him. He is a very good goalkeeper. We wanted him here because he is a good player for the squad.”

On facing Brighton: “I think they started the season very well, with a clear style of playing under the new manager. Their stadium makes them a difficult team. We are conscious we must play with a high pace if we want to win.

“As a manager, I know Graham Potter was at Swansea and he was a professional player. The way he’s started at Brighton, he will be a good manager.

“Every game of football is different though. We must play at 100 per cent and at a high pace. After that, two or three balls decide the game.”


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