Declan Rice has revealed how Jose Mourinho’s feedback about West Ham impressed his 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard scored on the start of every half to leave West Ham 9 points away from Spurs with a third of the season left to play.
The enjoyment of West Ham players was evident on the final whistle and Rice defined how Mourinho gave them additional motivation to get one over on Spurs at London Stadium on Sunday.
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“I learn in the course of the week that, on the end of the season, Mourinho said there could be no comparability between the place Spurs are going to be compared to West Ham and they’re going to overtake us,” the West Ham star instructed talkSPORT .
“You learn issues like that as players – I feel he said it on Spurs ‘YouTube channel – you learn that as players and you assume,’ Yeah, that is going to do to get me out there and prove you wrong ‘.
“You go out there and you need to give a fair higher performance, so I feel all of the lads know that. We wished to go out there yesterday and beat Spurs lots. ”
Rice admits that last season’s West Ham might have been “caved in” after Lucas Moura scored a goal for the guests.
“Clearly we played them on the start of the season and we got here back from 3-0 all the way down to draw 3-3, and yesterday was one other main consequence,” added Rice.
“Nevertheless it’s London derby; understanding that must be sufficient to cost you for something.
“We’re going out there now and we’re not petrified of anybody. I feel West Ham last season might need caved in that second half and conceded goals.
“However now it is utterly completely different and now, as you say, we did not collapse to anybody.
“We will score goals; we’ve high quality up there on the attacking end of the field as well. Lengthy might it continue. ”
As as to whether he’s decided to carry onto a spot within the top 4, Rice replied: “100 per cent, I positively assume I’d be wrong to take a seat right here and say that is not one thing I feel .
“I need to be in these locations now, that is the place this membership deserves to be. It is an enormous membership, we’ve the standard as I said and that is the place we have to be pushing.
“I feel the following 4 video games are going to outline that. We’ve got City, then Leeds, then United and Arsenal.
“4 big video games, so if we attain these by an excellent variety of points then who is aware of?
“We’ll be all the way down to single figures then [in terms of remaining games], and we’ll be capable to start counting all the way down to see how lengthy we’ve to go. “