Manuel Pellegrini Claims Win Over Tottenham Proves West Ham Can Compete With the Big 6

​Manuel Pellegrini insisted that Saturday's 1-0 victory over Tottenham proved that West Ham can compete with the Premier League's 'big six'.

A second half strike from Michail Antonio was enough for the Hammers to seal a shock victory in north London, ensuring that Pellegrini's side became the first visiting team to win at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

After making a slow start to the game, ​West Ham seized the initiative against ​Tottenham in the second half to seal all three points. As quoted by the ​Evening Standard, Pellegrini said after the victory: "I said last week that the team was doing well, we deserved against ​Man United and ​Leicester better results.

"I am absolutely sure that if my team plays in that way, with the personality of a big team then we can beat anyone.

"This was our major rival so our fans are very happy also, in a stadium where nobody had scored against them before and nobody had won before so I am very happy with the performance and with the way we played.


"If you review our games against the big six, ​Arsenal we played well in both, Manchester United also. Against ​Chelsea most part of the second half of the second game, at home we played well.

"Against Tottenham we lost 1-0 at home but also had a very tight game, today we won. We demonstrate that we are able to play as a big team and they must demonstrate that they are better."

Saturday's win left West Ham two points adrift of tenth-placed Leicester with two games remaining, meaning that a top-half finish is still attainable for Pellegrini's side, though the Foxes play their game in hand against Arsenal on Sunday.

Source : 90min