Manager Slaven Bilic has told the London Evening Standard that he believes West Ham United can still get even stronger this season, but he is concerned about this weekend’s match against Crystal Palace.
The Hammers have had a number of their squad away on international duty over the past fortnight, meaning that they have not been able to prepare as a team for their match against Palace.
And Bilic admits that he is worried about West Ham’s match on Saturday - as he fears it has come too soon after the international break for his side.
“How do we approach what could be the last 11 games of the season if we go all the way in the Cup? The answer has to be to keep things the same, don’t mess about with things for the sake of it,” Bilic said. “It’s not broken so why change anything?
“We want to do both. I can’t say we will sacrifice the League for the Cup or the other way around. Now I am completely positive, on my toes, crazily focused if you like but in a positive way.
“I see no reason now why we shouldn’t play even better now. It is only this first game, because it comes so soon, that is a bit of a concern.”
West Ham head into their match against Palace as the heavy favourites to pick up the victory.
The Eagles have been in awful form in 2016, and they have fallen into a relegation battle.
West Ham, meanwhile, have been one of the Premier League’s strongest sides since the turn of the year - and they are now pushing for a spot in the Premier League’s top four.
The Hammers are in fifth place in England’s top flight as things stand, and they are hot on the heels of both Manchester City and Arsenal.