Tomas Soucek has hailed the mentality throughout the crew as a key motive behind their success this season however has urged his teammates not to let up with simply seven matches remaining this season.
Soucek has been a revelation at West Ham since his transfer to the membership in 2020 and his compatriot Vladimir Coufal has added to the profitable mentality David Moyes is making an attempt to foster on the membership.
Coufal and Soucek gained a number of titles with their former membership Slavia Prague and Moyes has named the 2 alongside Jesse Lingard as serving to to create a optimistic mindset on the membership.
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“That [winning mentality] is the factor I’m in search of too. Vladimir and Tomas for instance have performed in a profitable crew, for many of their profession within the Czech Republic,” stated Moyes.
“Jesse has performed for Manchester United and for a few years has at all times been difficult up close to the highest of the league so I’m hoping the expertise these boys have gotten will assist us.”
Speaking to West Ham TV, Soucek praised the mentality that the squad have constructed up all through the season.
“It’s nice as a result of not solely right here on a matchday however day-after-day at Rush Green it’s the identical – we have now an excellent spirit and we battle for one another each minute,” he stated.
“When somebody loses the ball, the second needs to take it again, so our mentality is nice and this manner is sweet as a result of we will look and see it within the desk.”
Three factors in opposition to Newcastle on Saturday will see the Hammers transfer into third spot with simply six video games remaining this season and the Czech Republic worldwide was in a optimistic temper ahead of the clash.
“It’s true that we’ll go there assured as a result of we gained on Sunday and we’re increased within the desk once more and we’re going there for an additional battle.
“There are nonetheless many video games to the top and we have now to go to Newcastle and do in addition to doable and I belief that we have now the power to beat them and keep as excessive as we wish within the desk.”
Soucek did, nonetheless, concede that the crew want to change their mindset after they take the lead in matches. In three successive video games, the Hammers have gone 3-0 up however on every event, the crew have dropped deep and allowed the opposition to management the sport.
“It’s true, the final two, three or much more video games have been actually powerful for us bodily and psychologically as a result of the final three video games we had been profitable 3-0 and each sport was very loopy in stoppage time,” he stated.
“In the primary sport in opposition to Arsenal we made a draw, however we had been in a position to maintain off the hazard and win the final two 3-2, so it’s nice that we have now one other three factors however we have now to play for the total 90 minutes, not solely 60 or 70 minutes.
“I feel it’s a mentality in our heads as a result of final season after we fought relegation we performed like this, for instance [in the 3-2 home win] in opposition to Chelsea, after we stayed solely in our field as a result of we wished to win an excessive amount of. But it’s harmful.”
The Hammers prime scorer is aware of what it takes to win issues having been named Czech Footballer of the Year two seasons in a row and picked up 4 home trophies in his homeland and has urged his crew to keep on the entrance foot.
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“It’s a lot safer if we play with the identical model [as we started the game], we press them excessive and we wish to maintain the ball. That’s a lot safer, so we want to change our mentality to this manner.
“The first 60 minutes was unimaginable. We had been profitable 3-0 and we may have had extra objectives and I don’t keep in mind them having an opportunity, so it was excellent from us offensively and defensively. We want to stick with it on this manner for the entire 90 minutes.”
Despite the West Ham’s present place within the prime 4 Soucek shouldn’t be getting carried away simply but with what may lie in retailer subsequent season.
“The Champions League appears good however it’s too removed from now. We want to put together for the following sport not desirous about this place.”