Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that West Ham doesn’t play badly, even though they have only won two games in the last 12 games and dropped from fourth to 17th place in four months.
The 1: 2 defeat of the Boxing Day against Crystal Palace brought the Hammers even closer to the relegation zone and was only one place outside the area, which was significantly exacerbated after the victories for Aston Villa and Southampton.
The Saints are now in the table via Pellegrini’s team after taking two wins earlier this month due to a loss to the Hammers.
The manager under pressure made a quick turn when Leicester City visited London Stadium on Saturday, just 48 hours after the Palace defeat, and the Foxes were knocked out after a 4-0 home win over Liverpool.
A heavy defeat would bring Pellegrini closer to the club’s exit door, but the manager is still happy with how his team plays, especially when they’re not at home, in a challenging stance that many disagree with.
The manager spoke to reporters shortly after the end of the Palace game, looking towards the crucial match in East London against Brendan Rodgers’ team on Saturday.
You haven’t won at home since September, is that crucial to turn things around?
Yes, of course we have to improve that. We lost too many points at home and only won one of our last five games.
We have to play two at home and beat Leicester, a difficult game and a good team.
Fabián Balbuena from West Ham and Max Meyer from Crystal Palace
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Our team is at a moment when they are not playing badly, but we have to focus more on defense.
What have you been doing against Leicester this season?
Different teams, that’s what Leicester did in this incredible season. Now they’re doing well too, but we’re only in the middle of the season, so we can’t compare the two.
Have you made a decision to defeat your goalkeeper for the game?
West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski
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We’ll see tomorrow which players you can’t play with after just 48 hours of rest.
We will see how Lukasz Fabianski is doing, but we also have to learn and be very clear about which of the best eleven after this game.
A point from the drop zone, how important are these next two home games?
Very important because our away performance is not bad, but our home performance is bad.
You cannot have only one point from the last 15.
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