Declan Rice has revealed Jose Mourinho’s bad-mouthing of West Ham spurred the Hammers on to victory in Sunday’s essential London derby.
Targets from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard secured a 2-1 victory for the Irons, who confirmed great resilience to hold on to all three factors after Lucas Moura grabbed what proved to be a comfort strike.
Earlier West Ham groups through the years might have succumbed to the stress, particularly on the London Stadium towards a aspect blessed with as a lot high quality as their north London guests.
Nevertheless, David Moyes has instilled a gritty spine throughout his second stint in Stratford, with maybe no participant epitomising this extra succinctly than Rice himself.
The 22-year-old, who has held the captain’s armband within the absence of Mark Noble this season, was completely in every single place on Sunday afternoon. He received 100% of his aerial duels, made ten ball recoveries, achieved an 83% move completion price and his clearance within the second half to cease a sure purpose from Dele Alli was distinctive.
Rice joined the talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday morning to debate the implications of such a momentous derby victory and admitted feedback made by Mourinho to the Tottenham YouTube channel in regards to the Hammers’ lofty place backfired for ‘The Particular One’.
He stated: “I learn in the course of the week that Mourinho stated that, on the finish of the season, there could be no comparability between the place Spurs are going to be in comparison with West Ham and that they had been going to overhaul us.
“You learn stuff like that as gamers – I believe he stated it on the Spurs YouTube channel – you learn that as gamers and also you suppose, ‘Yeah that’s going to make me go on the market and show you incorrect’.
“You go on the market and also you need to put out an excellent higher efficiency, so I believe all of the lads knew that. We wished to go on the market yesterday and actually beat Spurs.”
The Hammers at the moment are simply 4 factors off Manchester United in second place within the desk, with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City nonetheless to go to the London Stadium.
If there was maybe one criticism which may very well be geared toward Moyes and his high-flying Hammers workforce it might be that they did not correctly assert themselves towards typical ‘Large 6’ sides.
Disappointing defeats at residence and away to Liverpool don’t mirror the exhausting work Moyes and the likes of Kevin Nolan and talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce are doing on the membership, whereas an early season collapse at Arsenal appears an awfully very long time in the past.
However Rice insists the victory over Spurs might nicely be a turning level for the East Finish aspect, who concern no workforce within the Premier League.
“Clearly we performed them at the beginning of the season and we got here again from 3-Zero down to attract 3-3, and yesterday was one other prime end result,” added Rice.
“But it surely’s a London derby; realizing that needs to be sufficient to get you up for something.
“We’re going on the market now and we don’t concern anyone. I believe perhaps the West Ham of final season would have caved in in that second half and conceded targets.
“However now it’s utterly totally different and now, such as you say, we received’t collapse to anybody. We are able to rating targets; we’ve received high quality up there on the attacking finish of the pitch as nicely. Lengthy might it proceed.”
Whereas Moyes remained as stoic and humble as ever after the sport when pressed on the membership’s potential European ambitions, Rice is refreshingly open and sincere about his goals for the long run.
Having established himself as a daily starter for England underneath Gareth Southgate, the previous Chelsea academy starlet needs to check himself towards the most effective gamers in Europe on a constant foundation.
DECLAN RICE STATS VS TOTTENHAM
The West Ham United midfielder is driving his workforce into European competition
- 100% aerial duels received
- 83% move accuracy
- 10 ball recoveries
- eight remaining third passes
- 4/5 tackles received
- Three interceptions
- Three clearances
And with a tricky run of fixtures arising for the membership, West Ham’s reigning ‘Hammer of the 12 months’ is set to stay within the Champions League locations till the conclusion of this loopy, COVID-hampered season.
“100 per cent, positively I believe I might be incorrect to take a seat right here and say that’s not one thing I’m fascinated about,” he concluded.
“I need to be in these locations now, that is the place this membership deserves to be. It’s a huge membership, we’ve received the standard like I stated and that’s the place we should be pushing.
“I believe the subsequent 4 video games are going to outline that. We have now received City, then Leeds, then United and Arsenal.
“4 huge video games, so if we get by way of these with an excellent quantity of factors then who is aware of?
“We can be right down to single figures then [in terms of remaining games], and we will begin counting right down to see how lengthy we now have to go.”