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'They have everything' Pep Guardiola comments should give West Ham hope they can make Champions League dream come true

If West Ham United did not believe they could qualify for the Champions League before, they certainly should now.

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West Ham are unlikely to remain in the top four before they next play against Leeds in eight days.

A quirk in the fixture list means nearly all West Ham’s European rivals will play THREE games before David Moyes’s side next kick a ball.

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West Ham must believe the hype

West Ham could well come out the other side of this refreshed and ready to pounce once again.

If West Ham did not believe in themselves before. Comments from Pep Guardiola before and after Saturday’s match should give them genuine hope they can achieve that dream.

Let’s not forget a fifth placed finish could very realistically be enough for West Ham to make the Champions League this season.

Man City are favourites to win the competition.

If they do then fifth will be enough to see the Hammers dining at Europe’s top table.

Indeed if Chelsea or Liverpool end up finishing above West Ham in the top four and go on to win it that will be the case too.

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‘They have everything’ Pep says Champions League is not a pipedream for West Ham

Imagine the euphoria.

West Ham have 12 games – less than a third of the season – to go.

Realistically the Hammers need to win seven of those to make the top four.

There is every chance the Hammers can and will win their last three games of the season against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton.

So another four victories are needed elsewhere. With winnable matches against Burnley, Wolves, Newcastle, Arsenal and Leeds in amongst their remaining games, there is every hope for West Ham.

Before their game on Saturday, Guardiola backed West Ham for a Champions League spot, saying they are no flash in the pan.

“They are in a Champions League position,” the Spaniard said (Sky Sports).

“That is not a good run, it is many months and they are there. It means how strong they are. What I saw is the rhythm increased a lot on previous seasons.”

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And he didn’t see anything in his side’s narrow victory over the Hammers to change his mind.

“It was really tough, difficult because the opponent is incredibly composed and they have everything,” Pep told the press after the game (Daily Mail).

“It is a big compliment for West Ham.”

John Stones was also hugely complimentary of West Ham, showing how far they have come.

“A lot of credit to West Ham – we knew what they were going to come and do,” Stones said after getting the winner (MEN).

“How they’ve been playing recently and their position in the table, it speaks for itself.

“I give a lot of credit to them. They gave us a great game today and we had to fight them right up until the last few minutes, and they made it difficult.”

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