Manuel Lanzini will be very pleased to see that it’s Crystal Palace on the agenda this weekend as this is definitely right up there on his favourite opposition list.
After his sub appearance last week at the Vitality Stadium he looks more than ready to take his place in the line up against a team against which he really does have an outstanding record.
The Hammers have a long unbeaten record against the south east Londoners which has left us undefeated in the last eight games since 2015 and lost only one in 10 since 2014.
Lanzini has made hay against them since his own arrival at the club on loan in 2015 the Argentinian has featured against them five times, taken a hand in five goals, scored four times and provided an assist.
It’s his best record against any team and against a side which plays very much a containing game his magic is going to be required again to open up an often inflexible defence which has so far conceded just seven goals whlst scoring six.
And commenting at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/october/03-october/manuel-lanzini-aiming-continue-crystal-palace-hot-streak he said: “I’ve scored some good goals against Palace. I hope I’m going to score more goals.
“I think it will be a very hard and difficult game. They are playing well, and they have some very good players, so we will need to work hard and keep playing in the way we have been; with the same spirit. We need to take the three points to continue our good start.
“We need to focus on ourselves and on our team. We know we need to respect Palace. We know that if we play without it, we will concede the three points. We need to stay focused and concentrate.
“We have to work hard and be at our best. It’s a derby and, for the fans and for us as well, it’s a very important game. It’s a difficult game but we know we can win and hopefully send the fans home happy.”
He continued: “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling okay. The injury was okay; I recovered really quick, which is really good for me and the Club.
“I’ve done a whole pre-season, 100 per cent of it, which has been very important for me. I think that is the reason I have been playing at 100 per cent for the team and I think I, and the team, have been doing very well.
“This year, the team is much better,” he added.
“We fully understand what the manager is saying and what he wants from us. We have a lot of good players and we have the experience we need to stay in the high positions in the Premier League.
“It’s great playing with the likes of Seb, Felipe and Andriy. It’s easy as well when you have good players around you. You also have [Pablo] Fornals and Michail [Antonio], who is out at the moment.
“Having those good players is good for us. There’s more competition and it’s more difficult to get into the team. It means everyone has to stay at 100 per cent to play.”