Manuel Pellegrini: West Ham boss says pressure always there in ‘special’ Premier League season
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists stress is constantly on him during what he called a”particular” Premier League season.
Pellegrini has found himself under increasing pressure at the London Stadium, along with a 2-0 defeat to push Wednesday leaves West Ham two points above the relegation zone.
The sacking of Marco Silva on Thursday of everton means Pellegrini is the bookmakers’ favorite to be the next director through the exit door, but the insists strain comes with the job.
“As I saythe strain does not link with the results,” Pellegrini said. “The stress for me is in each game, to do it better, play well and win the match.
“You don’t have to be in a poor posture, with no win in so many matches, to begin to feel the pressure. Pressure is there always.”
Regardless of the Hammers finish a run of seven league games without a win, west Ham may kick off against Arsenal on Monday Night Football at the bottom three.
The Gunners, meanwhile, have failed to win any of their past nine games in all competitions, and Pellegrini stays optimistic his side can start to scale the table.
“It is a very important match because this year is a particular time in the Premier League,” Pellegrini added. “There are approximately 10 or 11 locations in five, four or six factors.
“When we beat Chelsea we needed to beat Wolves, but it’s not simple to beat all the teams away.
“I said if we drew against Chelsea and Wolves, that would be two quite good outcomes. But that’s just two things, and we have three factors.
“I am more concerned about the points we lost at home against Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sheffield United. We can be in position, with five points . We must now focus on the next game and try to beat Arsenal.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has an outside prospect of confronting his old team after his spell out hurt.
Wilshere last looked as a replacement in Everton on October 19 and hasn’t started because August from the Premier League.