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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: We must stay where we are

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has told his players they must hold their Europa League qualifying place.

The Hammers sit fifth in the Premier League after six games, having lost just once this season on the opening day, and travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Pellegrini said: "At this moment we're in fifth position.

"We must try to defend that position, it's a European spot. We are just starting, it is six games.

"Sometimes you must try to reach that position, in this moment we are [in it], so we must try to keep it. The best way of doing that is winning.

"[Bournemouth] play offensive football. They have dangerous strikers. We must be very concentrated on defending but we are going for three points. We'll attack from the first minute and look for three points more.

"Against Manchester United we played a very good game. We had good concentration. If we can repeat that performance, we'll win a lot of games."

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