Chadwell Chatter - Manuel Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini is relishing an exciting end to the season

I believe the international break has come at a good time and now we are all raring to get back playing.

It has given us an opportunity to recharge and refocus, and now we’re hungry again to carry on and succeed.

This Saturday we face Crystal Palace, it’s another game, a London derby, at the Boleyn Ground so naturally I can’t wait!

Obviously, Palace haven’t been having the greatest run of results recently, but that can happen to any team and we know Palace are a very dangerous side. They are very quick, and like to attack so we have to be aware of that. They switch the ball very quickly so we will have to be alert to deal with their qualities.

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about whether they’d prefer to win the FA Cup or qualify for the Champions League? I say both, why not?! That’s how strong I believe our squad is. We have to believe we can do it; we have been optimistic all season and look where we are. We’re in the latter stages of the FA Cup and close to the Champions League spots so we have to go for it.

We are very happy with our progress so far, but we have to keep our focus, we haven’t achieved anything yet. Each remaining game is huge, and we will fight, as we have been, to try and win every game.

I’m often been asked what the secrets to my game is, the main thing is to make sure you are in the right position when you receive the ball. The second most important thing is to know what you’re going to do with the ball before you receive it; that is a very important.

Overall, during my time at West Ham, I think my game has improved. I am much better defensively, tactically and all round a better player.  

Of course, I am very happy to have signed for West Ham on a permanent deal, I feel happy, proud and excited.

I am very grateful to my teammates, coaching staff and the club for all their help so far in welcoming me and helping me to adapt to a new team and a new city.  

There is a lot to look forward to!