Manuel Pellegrini denies Lucas Perez rift

Ross Houston
September 18, 2018

The victory was West Ham's first of the season and lifted the club off the bottom of the table and up to 16th place. After a summer of big transfers and bringing in Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager they were expected to improve and make a bit of an impact.

Just as the Hammers were threatening to be this season's Everton they faced the Toffees at the weekend and produced an excellent display to earn themselves a 3-1 win.

Marko Arnautovic extended the lead in the second half as West Ham avoided becoming only the fifth team to open with five consecutive Premier League defeats.

"When [Marko] Arnautovic was injured, I called him because he was making his warm-up, but when he was back sitting on the bench and [Michail] Antonio was working I called him because he was ready".

"I have never ever refused to warm up in my whole career, let alone play a match". "However having realised it was faster to substitute Antonio in, who at the moment was warming up, he changed his decision".

'I really hope that some people never never gonna doubt again about your commitment or say that you didn't give your best on the pitch because they really don't know the kind of person, professional and hard worker you are.

Manager Marco Silva will be unable to call upon £50 million summer signing Richarlison after the Brazil worldwide picked up a red card against Watford FC.

There was controversy on the bench however, as striker Lucas Perez appeared to refuse to warm up, with the 30-year-old engaged in a heated exchange goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero.

The only negative questions Pellegrini was forced to answer were to do with forward Lucas Perez, who according to broadcaster Sky Sports, refused to warmup in order to come on as a substitute in the second half.

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