West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has told Danny Murphy what David Moyes said to him after the Hammers’ victory over Sheffield United, when speaking to the Daily Mail.
Rice has spoken about Moyes’ new aims for the Hammers after their 3-0 over the Blades.
At the time of beating Sheffield, the Irons were joint-fourth in the Premier League table.
However, the West Ham manager is keen to hold that spot, wanting European football for next season.
When Rice was speaking to Danny Murphy during an interview for the Daily Mail, he said: “After the Sheffield United game when we went joint-fourth, he’s told us there are 14 games to go and we need to be looking at a European spot.”
The English international agrees with Moyes’ goals for the season, going on to say that after years of uncertainty and even being in the Championship – this is were the Hammers should be.
“That is the aim now, where this club has to be. We’ve had years fighting relegation or even being in the Championship.”
The Irons start a difficult run of games against Tottenham Hotspur today at 12.00 PM, a fixture that has recently favoured Spurs.
In the last six meetings between the two sides, the north London clubs have won four times, with the Hammers winning just once and getting one draw.
A tough set of matches for the Irons
The Hammers’ next seven matches look really tough to navigate, and will likely determine whether or not they finish within the European spots.
Moyes’ side play Spurs today, which even within itself is a difficult fixture to call.
However, things aren’t going to get any easier, even if the Irons do manage to beat Jose Mourinho’s team.
They will still need to face Manchester City, Leeds United, Manchester United, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City in that order.
Leeds and Wolves look like the easiest of the matches, but both are still extremely challenging.
The only upside to this tough run coming now, is the much more simple final three games that Moyes will have to play.
The Hammers will face Brighton, West Brom and Southampton in their last three matches of this Premier League season.
All three of these fixtures are certainly winnable and could well book West Ham’s place in either the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League.
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