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Obiang welcomes competition for places

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West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang believes competition for starting places in the squad motivates players to improve their games.

West Ham secured their fourth consecutive Premier League win on Saturday with a 2-0 victory against Fulham, and Obiang says competition in the Hammers squad is responsible for their recent run of form.

“I think competition is the most important thing,” Obiang told the club’s website.

“In every big squad, you have to have plenty of players ready to help the team, and we are doing that. It is a good thing. We are all good teammates too, which makes a difference.

“Our good players made the difference against Fulham. I’ve said, if we score our chances, we have the possibility of doing anything. We want to continue doing that.”

Obiang has been in and out of the starting lineup this season, but he says it will serve as a motivation for him to step up his game.

“I don’t feel the pressure. I feel happy. It’s always better when we win, rather than when we lose.” he said.

“Mark and Declan keep playing well and that means I have to train better and improve, which is only a good thing.”