Tuesday 26 Jan
Updated Tuesday 26 Jan 08:30
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Manuel Lanzini: I'd love another London derby goal!

Manuel Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini has always revelled in the challenge of a London derby.

The Argentina midfielder has scored 22 goals since first arriving in east London in August 2015 - and ten of those have come in derby duels.

With West Ham United heading to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night - a side Lanzini has four goals against on his record - he would love to add another to the tally.

"It’s a great game, it’s a derby and derbies always give you a boost," he said. "We need to be focused and remember what we’ve been doing to this point of the season.

"They’re a strong team and have great players so it’ll be a tough game but we need to be focused on what we need to do.

"It’s always great to score full stop. It makes you believe, makes you feel good and even more so when it’s a London derby.

"I’ve enjoyed scoring in London derbies and I hope to carry on that record for myself."

Manuel Lanzini celebrates a goal against Crystal Palace
Manuel Lanzini has scored twice in four previous appearances at Selhurst Park

Lanzini has had to be patient for game time this season, but has contributed strongly to the team's rise up the Premier League table and progress in the FA Cup.

With West Ham arriving at Selhurst Park in seventh position, the No10 says much of that success is down to the team's attitude.

"I think it comes down to having passion for what we’re doing and how we’re playing. That’s fundamental," he explained.

"We’re playing a lot of games, that’s the same for everybody, and that does put an extra toll on your bodies.

"But we’re going into these games and getting results, we’re playing well and that passion is a secret behind our success.

"The new players have adapted well, too. When things are going well, it naturally fits into place - the new players have brought a lot to the team and I’m really grateful for how this has gone. We’ve got a strong team and we’re showing it."

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