West Ham boss David Moyes has said that he is ready for the daunting set of Premier League fixtures that await his side.
With 13 games remaining of the campaign, six of the Hammers‘ next seven are against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Indeed, Moyes’ men face Pep Guardiola‘s City on Sunday ahead of a trip to Anfield to face runaway league leaders Liverpool.
A match against in-form Southampton is then followed by games versus Wolves and London rivals Chelsea and Spurs.
In his latest press conference, however, Moyes was focusing on the short-term, insisting that he is ready to take on the Premier League’s top two.
“All I can say is, you play everybody twice in the league and we have got a lot of other teams to play,” the manager said.
“I don’t think in football there’s many tougher matches, only a few clubs in Europe you would call tougher games. But it’s also a challenge.
“Whoever the best teams are someone’s out there trying to plot to beat them. All the managers are thinking, ‘what system can I beat them with, what players can I get?’
“You only need to look at City’s success, but Liverpool have gone out to find a way of getting better players and a better team to beat them. So people are now out to beat Liverpool.
“When I was at Manchester United everyone was out to beat them. Teams improved.
“That’s the way football goes. We’ll go into both games knowing it’s no easy task, but we’ll try everything we can to get a result.”
Moyes landed free-scoring winger Jarrod Bowen from Hull on deadline day, but has warned not to expect too much from the 23-year-old just yet.
“I think that he is a player who has done really well in the Championship and not just for one season, it has been two or three seasons, so he has had to earn his stripes and show he can do it there,” said the Scot.
“From that, it gives me great hope that he can step up. But I have also dealt with lots of players from the Championship, I’ve taken Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Tim Cahill. Some have come in and done a job quickly while others have taken their time to settle.
“I won’t find that out about Jarrod yet but I will do in time, and the truth is we need him, the team needs him. But we can’t be putting added pressure on new players to completely make all the difference here, you need to give them a chance to settle.”
West Ham also have to go to Manchester United in their penultimate game of the Premier League season.