David Moyes says West Ham can still improve on a good season and “hang on” to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in history.
West Ham moved from seventh to fifth, and two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, with a 2-0 win over Leeds on Monday night football.
Moyes’ side still have one game in hand against Thomas Tuchel’s side and have their fate in their hands as they aim to become the first West Ham team to finish in the top four since 1986.
West Ham manager said Sky Sports: “We’re doing really well right now. We have a good season, but we could have a great season. Our goal is to have a great season. If she were to finish now, we’d probably say we’ve had a great year .
“I was disappointed when we dropped out of the top four. I’m not going to say we’re going to finish there, but why can’t we just stay in there and see what we can do? good season for West Ham. “
It was a sign of the Hammers’ improvements, scoring nine more points than last season in 11 fewer games, that Moyes was frustrated with the way his team’s performances were securing a 14th win of the campaign, a total that they have only surpassed. in the Premier League twice in the past 14 seasons.
“Not a good performance by our standards,” he said. “The players are disappointed with the way they played. Leeds make it really hard for you to play, you have to get into a game with them, which can be difficult. You need your forwards to do well, hold the ball, and I just think we didn’t.
“We had a bit of control, but I didn’t like it. We didn’t do well at all, nothing like the way we played. But what we do well is to be resilient and tough to beat and keep the ball out of the net as much as we can. All of those things are part of football. “
Rice: Best West Ham team I’ve played in
Captain Declan Rice is well placed to comment on the quality of the West Ham squad, having played every minute of the Premier League season so far.
The 22-year-old spoke to Sky Sports after their latest win and echoed his manager’s hopes of reaching the top four, while explaining what created such a big difference in fortune for him and his teammates that their final escape from relegation barely ago six months.
“I’ve been playing for the first team for four years and I said last week this is the best team I’ve been a part of at West Ham,” he said.
“It’s the second round of the gaffer, the players we brought in, it’s a real pleasure. You wake up and can’t wait to go to practice, to see guys.
“It’s a great football environment, and it shows on the pitch how we are off the pitch. How the manager made us play, it’s a really special place right now, and it can go on for a long time.
“It’s hard to come in and say we’re going to be in the Champions League, there are so many games left, Chelsea have achieved fantastic form and Tottenham too. It will be a really tough test, but looking at where we are compared to the last season, it’s a massive upgrade.
“It’s in our hands, we have Manchester United then Arsenal, if we want to continue and believe that we can be a European team, whether it’s the Europa League, the Champions League, we have to win the big games. just have to keep going, take each game as it comes – and we’ll be ready. “