Zola on WHUTV

Gianfranco Zola has been talking about his determination to secure as high as finish as possible in the Barclays Premier League.

As well as the obvious feelgood factor generated by winning games, the West Ham United manager knows a seventh-placed finish could propel his team into the UEFA Europa League next season. He said: "We have a very good opportunity because it is looking like seventh spot is going to be the one for Europe. It would be great for our team to be playing in Europe. For the players to play international games makes them better."


Zola also paid tribute to the resilience at the club to push on and keep on improving. "There was one day [this season] when we played at Sunderland and we were two points off the bottom but we went there and won. But even at the most difficult moments, the team kept going and believing. They played football the right way. Things are going very well due to that mental strength."