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Pablo Zabaleta urges West Ham to sharpen focus

Pablo Zabaleta says West Ham need to start taking one game at a time.

The Hammers have collected one goal and one point from their opening two games.

And Zabaleta says his team must focus on the next game and not bold predictions made before the campaign begun.

"We just need to focus on what we're doing now," said the Argentinian, who will hope to return to the team at Watford on Saturday. "We know we brought in some good players into the team who just need time to adapt to the new league and a new country, which is always difficult for the new players.

"We just need to take it game by game and see how far we can go this season. We finished tenth last season and hopefully, we can improve.

"We've been working for one year with the manager now, so we know exactly what we have to do on the field, so there are no excuses.

"As I say, we've got a great squad with two big players in every position, which makes for healthy competition between us, so hopefully we do better than in previous seasons.

"We need to enjoy our work, keep working hard and see if we can get seventh spot this season and give West Ham the chance to play in European competition, but we don't need to talk too much about seventh after just one or two games.

"We still have 36 games to go and every single game will be difficult, so we just need to think about each game one at a time and we will see if it has been a successful season at the end."

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