West Ham will challenge for Europe, says Martinez

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 5th November 2015

Everton boss Robert Martinez insists that Slaven Bilic's West Ham will challenge for a place in the top five of the Premier League this season following an excellent start to the campaign.

Martinez's side go into the game in the best possible shape themselves, having thrashed Sunderland 6-2 at home last weekend. However the Spanish manager admitted that he was wary of Bilic's side, who he believes are a different proposition to any West Ham teams he may have faced in the past.

"I think it's going to be a really tough game, because the biggest strength of this West Ham side is that they play with an incredible belief and confidence," he told the media this lunchtime.

"The results they've had show the benefit of having the belief that you can beat those sides, to get the results that they've had away from home. It's very impressive. On top of that, they've had new players come in and a new manager playing a very different way to how they used to. I think it's going to be a terrific challenge.

"They're clearly going to be a team challenging for the top five positions in the league, that's how impressive they've been. We've got to make sure that we're ready to face them. In my eyes, they've been the most impressive side this season along with Leicester."

Martinez addresses the media ahead of the West Ham clash

And with regards to how both teams fared last weekend, Martinez dismissed a suggestion that West Ham's 2-0 defeat at Watford means they will go into this Saturday's clash at the Boleyn lacking in confidence.

"Watford are a team that people probably don't understand how difficult it is to play against," he insisted. "They're very strong and well organised. West Ham probably weren't at their best on the day in terms of the goals that they conceded, but they still had chances and the result could have been very different.

"Even though they lost they were still in the game. You get those sort of results over the course of the season - but over the course of all 11 games, West Ham have been very impressive and they deserve they points they have.

"They've been unfortunate in a couple of games from which they probably should have got better results, but the wins they have were not lucky in any shape or form.

"The game against Sunderland gives us a real sense of confidence in terms of what we can do going forward. We know we have to improve in certain aspects, but you will always take confidence from scoring six goals from open play.

"We see the West Ham game as one of the games of the season for many reasons. The main reason is that West Ham have beaten the best teams in the opening few weeks of the campaign and we want to be at our best against a team that is in form and a team that has surprised many opposing teams."

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