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Manuel Pellegrini expects big improvement against Bournemouth

Manuel Pellegrini expects big improvement
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Manuel Pellegrini hits out at the officials for failing to spot Sadio Mane's offside goal, but admits that West Ham United must improve from their 4-0 loss at Liverpool.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that his side must click into gear in time for next next weekend's visit of Bournemouth.

The Hammers started their Premier League campaign in the worst possible fashion, falling to a 4-0 loss away to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Pellegrini was unhappy with the officials' decision to let Sadio Mane's second goal stand, with the Senegalese forward well offside, but the Premier League title winner concedes that a vast improvement is required at the London Stadium in six days' time.

"We knew before the game that our start was very difficult. In our first few games we need to play some of the big teams," he told BBC Sport. "It's difficult to play when you concede four goals. We started the second half and the referee didn't see a clear offside.

"We need to win our second game. We need to work during the week and try to win three points at home. We not only have nine new players, but three or four players who were not completely fit in pre-season. We need to improve in attack and continue working. I am sure next Saturday we will see a team that is trying to win."

Pellegrini has lost more Premier League games against Liverpool (5) than he has against any other opponent in the competition.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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