Pre-match press conference: Manuel Pellegrini v Everton [video]

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 18th October 2019

Manuel Pellegrini says it's important his team retain their "winning mentality" as they prepare to face Everton this weekend.

Naturally disappointed by the defeat at home to Crystal Palace in West Ham's most recent outing, the boss outlined the importance of maintaining a positive attitude - as the Hammers once again seek to break into the upper echelons of the table.

"It's the same motivation as we had last week," he said with a smile, when told that a win - combined with favourable results elsewhere - could catapult the club into the Premier League's top three.

"But we mustn't think about that. We need to concentrate on the game we need to play and we must try to play better [than against Palace]. We must try to play offensive football whilst defending better - as we try to in every game.

"Overall I'm very pleased with the style of football we're playing. we scored a beautiful goal against Palace. We're trying to play the game in the opposition's half. The players are happy and I'm happy.

"I think we're selling the fans an attractive product - even though it's maybe more difficult to do so, as it's easier to defend with eight or nine players near our own box and play on the counter attack.

"But it's not the way I like to play football and I think the fans deserve attractive football - and I will continue to play that way whether we are winning or losing."

You may see Pellegrini's full pre-match presser below.

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