The Premier League returns this weekend with West Ham travelling to the North side of London where Tottenham Hotspur await them. The Hammers will be hoping to get back to the winning side of things by being the team to finally end Spurs' unbeaten run.
In an interview with the West Ham website, Manuel Lanzini discussed the need to earn "bragging rights" over Eric Lamela. The two Argentinians played together at River Plate in Buenos Aires before moving their separate ways.
Lanzini spoke good things of his former teammate by saying the following, "it is always great to see familiar faces." He also went on to say "we developed a very good friendship. I think he is a very good player."
However, Lanzini knows he must put his friendship aside in order to help his team come away with all three points. "I have to focus on West Ham and make sure we do everything to win the game," he said.
Last season's errors
Last season saw Spurs beat West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Lanzini has said himslef along with the rest of the squad are determined to make amends this weekend. West Ham are starting to form an unbeaten run of their own with no losses from their last four games. Although, they have only gained two points from their last two games and still sit just above the the bottom three.
Lanzini feels that there is enough quality within the squad to push up into top half of the table and match any team.
Ahead of the weekend fixture he stated how he belives in the team, "we always want to play well in the derbies we play in and if we are focused and work hard, I believe we can get a good result."
Expanding on his belief in the team, the midfielder quipped "I really believe in the group of players we have." Lastly he insisted that we [West Ham] take it "game by game" and stressed the importance of doing well in the next game.
Will they? We'll have to wait to find out.