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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini delighted with preseason form after Angers win

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is delighted with their form in preseason.

Five weeks into his reign, there is a real feeling of positivity around the camp, with the new manager, his staff, seven summer signings and the players he inherited all clearly pulling in the same direction.

“The players that have come in with our new project, both the new signings and the players who were here before, feel that the club is doing things well," he told whufc.com.

“I think that all of them know that they cannot repeat the season that they did last year in the Premier League, because this is not a team that should be fighting against relegation.

“When you put together the work, the ambition and the fact we have changed a lot of things, we hope that we can make a good season."

The Hammers completed their warm-up for the big Premier League kick-off at Liverpool with a 1-0 victory over French club Angers SCO on a stiflingly hot evening in Austria.

"They were difficult conditions as it was very hot, but I think the players played a serious game," he observed. “Chicharito scored and it's difficult to ask him for more at this moment because he just worked for one week.

“A lot of players who played on Friday were also coming back from injuries like Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Jack Wilshere, who played some good minutes and we are trying to manage their work. There were a lot of reasons why I thought that was a good game."

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