West Ham United are expected to mount a sustained push for the European places this season.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini address the media today, ahead of his side's Premier League opener away at Liverpool on Sunday, and shared what he discussed with club owners David Sullivan and David Gold before taking over at the London Stadium, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers endured a difficult campaign last season, ending up in 13th position in the Premier League table, but many are predicting that they will be challenging for the European spots this term, with the arrival of nine new faces.
Pellegrini has a highly decorated CV during his time in football management, and he will be desperate to prove that he still has what it takes at the very highest level.
The Chilean spoke to reporters during his pre-match press conference today, and shared what he and the club's owners discussed before he was handed the reigns at the London Stadium this summer, as quoted by Football.London:
When I talked with the owners, we agreed we needed to work on a project. They wanted to invest money to bring in players. We have improved the squad, all of the players are here because I asked for them. We didn’t talk about that. Football is so difficult, we try to play in a better way and get near the top of the table as we can."
West Ham begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday, and Pellegrini's men will have to be at their very best, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of returning to east London with anything to show for their efforts.