Declan Rice reveals West Ham wanted to prove Mourinho wrong after pre-match words

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Dom Le Roy

Declan Rice has revealed that Jose Mourinho’s words before the London derby on Sunday served as extra motivation for the West Ham players to beat Spurs.

The Hammers scored at the start of both halves and gave Tottenham a mountain to climb.

While Tottenham pinned the home side back in the second half after pulling one back through Lucas Moura and came close to getting an equaliser, David Moyes’ men were able to hold on for a narrow win.

The win took West Ham up to fourth in the Premier League table and left Tottenham with a mountain to climb to finish in the top four this season.

Jose Mourinho told Spurs TV after Tottenham’s win over Wolfsberger last Thursday that he believed West Ham and Spurs were not going to finish in the positions that they occupied in the table.

Rice revealed that he and his teammates were aware of what the Spurs boss said and were determined to prove him wrong.

The England international told talkSPORT: “I read during the week that Mourinho said that, at the end of the season, there would be no comparison between where Spurs are going to be compared to West Ham and that they were going to overtake us.

“You read stuff like that as players – I think he said it on the Spurs YouTube channel – you read that as players and you think, ‘Yeah that is going to make me go out there and prove you wrong’.

“You go out there and you want to put out an even better performance, so I think all the lads knew that. We wanted to go out there yesterday and really beat Spurs.”

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On the balance of play, I thought we were actually the better team on Sunday as we created many more opportunities than they did. We now sit nine points behind West Ham with a game in hand and that is certainly not an insurmountable gap. If we play the same way we did in the second half at the London Stadium, I believe we still have a good chance of finishing ahead of the Hammers this season.

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