August 10, 2018 / 4:31 AM / 5 days ago

Zabaleta backs Pellegrini to help West Ham succeed

(Reuters) - West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini’s experience and attention to detail can help the Premier League club develop the winning mentality they need to succeed, according to defender Pablo Zabaleta.

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Portman Road, Ipswich, Britain - July 28, 2018 West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini before the match Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

The London side brought in former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager Pellegrini to replace David Moyes in May as they push for a top-half finish following relegation battles in their last two campaigns.

“When I heard Manuel was coming it was good, it was positive,” Zabaleta, who has worked with the Chilean for three years at City, told the London Standard.

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Manchester City - London Stadium, London, Britain - April 29, 2018 West Ham United's Pablo Zabaleta looks dejected after the match REUTERS/David Klein

“He is very experienced and has worked in big clubs. He can bring all of that experience to West Ham and that has to be really good for us.”

Zabaleta said that Pellegrini had also instilled a sense of discipline at the club.

“His training sessions are good while as a person he’s calm, a true gentleman. At the same time, he’s so demanding and that’s what you need to succeed, a winning mentality,” Zabaleta added.

West Ham are at Liverpool in their league opener on Sunday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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