Declan Rice thinks West Ham can ‘100 per cent’ finish in Premier League top six despite drop in form

6 Nov

Declan Rice feels West Ham can achieve at top six finish this season.

The Hammers started the season well as they picked up 11 points in their first six games, including a 2-0 win against Manchester United.

They are without a win in their last five, though, and slipped down to 13th in the Premier League table.

Declan Rice has set lofty ambitions for West Ham this season
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Midfielder Rice still feels that finishing in the European places is a realistic aim.

When asked if he felt a top-six finish was still achievable this season, Rice told Sky Sports: “100 per cent. I think if you look from fifth to about 13th, there’s about four points between six or seven teams.


“So you just have to keep working hard. If we beat Burnley on the weekend you’re back up to seventh or eighth, so it’s not too far away.

“Our minds are focused on winning games at home. We have to win games here, this is our home stadium. When teams come here they must know they are in for a game.

“When we go away, we haven’t done that badly so far, so we need to continue that form.”

Rice admitted that West Ham were in the middle of a blip in form after disappointing results, including a 3-2 defeat at home to Newcastle on Saturday.

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“It’s been very frustrating,” Rice added. “I think every player is feeling the same, the manager is feeling the same.

“Our confidence was so high at the start of the season. We’re going through a little blip now, it happens to every team. It’s about how we get out of it.

“We need to be more confident on the pitch, we need to be more defensively structured and we need to take our chances because in games we’ve had chances to kill the game off.”

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