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Manuel Pellegrini Praises West Ham's 'Big-Team Mentality' Following 1-0 Win Over Arsenal

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? Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was pleased with West Ham’s ‘big-team mentality’ after delivering a ‘balanced’ performance to beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

You can’t think you’re playing Arsenal so you have to play with all your team defending, and then the next week you’re playing the teams who are not so big and you work a different way.

“The second thing I was pleased with was that we played with the mentality of a big team.

Pellegrini was also full of praise for match winner Declan Rice after the game.

Of course with some characteristics and tactical things for the other team, but the principle for us is to improve in the way we play.” Speaking on Rice, who scored his first Premier League goal for West Ham on Saturday to secure all three points for his side, Pellegrini added: “Declan Rice is improving in every game, maybe first of all I decided for him to be a midfielder because he can play as a centre back too.

As quoted by the club’s ?official website, the ?West Ham boss said: “We were balanced in attacking and defending and we didn’t allow ?Arsenal to create chances.

“Today you could see he played a lot of balls in front and not back, and he has a good shot, is good technically and is good on aerial duels so I think we are seeing a complete player.
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