Manuel Lanzini hails West Ham fans for Boleyn Ground atmosphere

The midfielder also insists that the style under Slaven Bilic is definitely the way forward.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Manuel Lanzini has praised the West Ham faithful for the atmosphere at the Boleyn Ground.

The midfielder was a second half substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City, making his first Premier League start in front of a sold-out stadium, which the Hammers will of course depart at the end of the season.

The midfielder has spent a year with UAE Arabian Gulf League club Al Jazira, where crowds are not exactly at the maximum, and he has praised the club’s fans for the atmosphere they created, likening it to those he enjoyed in his native Argentina.

“I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the stadium,” he told

“I have come from a place where there were not a lot of fans at the matches. Coming back to a feeling like I had back home in Argentina, I loved it!”

Things to correct for the future

The defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes came as a big blow to Slaven Bilic’s side, especially given how well they performed to beat Arsenal in their opening game.

The 2-1 score line somewhat flattered the Hammers given how well Leicester performed throughout the game, although Dimitri Payet’s first goal for the club did give the side the momentum in the second half.

What was evident though was that the new boss was keen for his side to play a passing game, and Lanzini insists that he prefers that style, although they have things to correct for the future.

“To sum it up, it was quite a strange match,” he added.

“Obviously my style of football is that I like to receive the ball to feet, not in the air, so I like our style! I think we played a good style of football on Saturday, but it was an unusual game and we have some stuff to correct for the future.”

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