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Pre-match press conference: Manuel Pellegrini v Chelsea

Filed: Friday, 5th April 2019
By: Staff Writer

Manuel Pellegrini believes a lack of playmakers has cost West Ham dearly in recent weeks.

The Hammers boss referred to last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Everton as "the worst performance of the season" when addressing the media during Friday's pre-match press conference.

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And he attributed both that reversal and other recent poor performances to the club's chronic injury list, one that continues to deny the manager the pick of his best players.

"You must understand that we played [against Everton] without eight players," said Pellegrini. "It's too much for our squad to play without Nasri, without Wilshere, without Yarmolenko and without Felipe Anderson.

"Any team or squad would miss those players - their playmakers. But it's happened and now we have to try and be positive for the next game."

You may view Pellegrini's entire press conference by clicking play below.

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