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Declan Rice has explained how Jose Mourinho accidentally helped inspire West Ham’s 2-1 win over Tottenham by suggesting there would be no comparison between the two teams at the end of the season.
Michail Antonio, Lucas Moura and Jesse Lingard, who joined the Hammers on loan from Manchester United, all marked their names on the scoresheet on Sunday.
After the game, Rice said:
“I read during the week that Mourinho said that, at the end of the season, there would be no comparison between where Spurs are going to be compared to West Ham and that they were going to overtake us.
“You read stuff like that as players – I think he said it on the Spurs YouTube channel – you read that as players and you think, ‘Yeah that is going to make me go out there and prove you wrong.’
“You go out there and you want to put out an even better performance, so I think all the lads knew that. We wanted to go out there yesterday and really beat Spurs.”
After the game, Spurs are ninth in the Premier League standings with 36 points, while West Ham are fourth with 45 points.
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