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West Ham can compete despite City setback, says Pellegrini

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(Reuters) - West Ham United have the squad they need to compete in the Premier League despite a crushing defeat in their opening match but must focus on improving their style of play rather than worrying about long-term goals, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Thursday.

Despite losing 5-0 to champions Manchester City last weekend, Pellegrini said he wants to build on their first half performance where they started confidently and conceded only one goal.

The London club spent close to 73 million pounds on new recruits in the close season as the Chilean manager looks to improve on their 10th-place finish last season.

“I think they started the season very well, with a clear style of playing under the new manager,” Pellegrini added.

“As a manager, I know Graham Potter was at Swansea (City) and he was a professional player.

The way he’s started at Brighton, he will be a good manager.”

We are not thinking about our targets or achievements in May, one defeat does not change our minds.” West Ham have never beaten Brighton in the top flight, losing on all four occasions, and Pellegrini praised the south coast club who won their season opener 3-0 at Watford and look a different outfit under new boss Graham Potter.
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