Spurs attacker slams Hammers as small time.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Dembele has risked irking the ire of West Ham United fans after he claimed that his side must be beating ‘small clubs’ like them if they hope to maintain a serious challenge for the title this season, the Metro reports.
Spurs made a strong start to the season and were hot on the heels of the early leaders Arsenal and Liverpool before slumping to a surprise defeat to Sam Allardyce’s men on Sunday afternoon.
And now the Belgian international has called on the club to play like champions every game and not just in the Premier League’s various glamour ties.
“You see from the top teams that, if they want to be champions, you have to win these small games,” Dembele told reporters.
“That is what makes the difference and, if we want to be there with the top four, we need to win these games.
“It’s easier to play against the top teams for the motivation but, if we want to be a top team, we need to be concentrated for these kinds of games. It’s a mental thing, so we have to talk as a team and make sure we’re all focused.
“We have a lot of players and we can change the team very quickly, so everyone knows it can be a difficult season.
“When we play against sides like West Ham, we have to be very careful. They have a different kind of style but this is the Premier League and you have to be used to these kinds of days, so it is a shame that we weren’t prepared.”