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West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the Premier League this weekend and Hammers midfielder Declan Rice revealed how José Mourinho inspired victory for the hosts.
The Portuguese coach’s comments before the game motivated the West Ham players to step up and achieve victory in the London derby.
Before the start of the game, the Spurs boss stated that the table could look different at the end of the season and his team could end up finishing above the Hammers.
Rice revealed that the players were eager to prove him wrong and were determined to put on an excellent performance.
He said to talkSPORT: “I read during the week that Mourinho said that at the end of the season there would be no comparison between where the Spurs were going to be compared to West Ham and that they were going to take us over.
“You read things like players, I think he said it on the Spurs YouTube channel, you read it as players and you think, ‘Yeah, that will make me go out there and prove you wrong.’
“You go out there and you want to do an even better performance, so I think all the guys knew that. We wanted to go out yesterday and really beat the Spurs. “
The Hammers have been outstanding in the Premier League so far this season and yesterday’s victory puts them in the top four, nine points ahead of ninth-ranked Tottenham.
Mourinho’s side will have to improve if he wants to finish above the Hammers from this position.
Meanwhile, West Ham will be desperate to secure European qualification after the kind of season it has had.
During his interview, Rice also stated that the Hammers belong to the Champions League and that the players will push to get there.