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Pellegrini admits West Ham haven’t performed ‘against teams around us’

Manuel Pellegrini brings his West Ham United to the north-east this weekend to take on Rafa Benitez’s in-form Newcastle United team.

West Ham are level with The Magpies on 12 points so Saturday’s meeting between the two teams is a very tough one to call.

The veteran Chilean manager was asked about if he felt he was already under pressure due to Hammers underwhelming start to the league season.

“For me, there is always pressure,” he told his Friday press conference.

“It is exactly the same. I never divide the games into ones you can win or ones you can lose, because we only try to win.”

Pellegrini also discussed The Irons’ recent struggles against other sides in the bottom half of the table and acknowledged their need to improve quickly in this respect.

“We’ve had good games against big teams, and played not so well against teams around us, so it is important to have a strong mind and understand that every game is difficult.

“Our mentality is to understand there are no weaker teams and we have to play our best at all times. “Newcastle started the season badly, but they have a good team, and maybe their position now in the table is more realistic for the squad they have.”

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