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Arbeloa says being a Galactico prepared him for relegation fight

The former Real Madrid and current West Ham defender says his days at the Spanish club and battling the stress that came with that are different to a relegation battle but he is up for the fight.

Arvelo Arbeloa
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West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa believes his time as a Galactico at Real Madrid will help him cope with the pressure of a Premier League relegation battle.

Arbeloa during his time with Real Madrid

Arbeloa during his time with Real Madrid

The 33-year old admits that the stress of chasing trophies with the La Liga giants is different from the challenge he faces in helping to save Slaven Bilic's side from relegation, but Arbeloa says he's up for the fight.

Pressure at Real Madrid

"This is a different challenge but I am used to this kind of pressure because when I played for Real Madrid, if we lost one game it was really bad so I know what to expect," said Arbeloa in an interview.

"Every week and every day at Madrid we were under pressure so I am used to it but this is a different kind of situation.

Arbeloa, who signed for the East London club in the summer on a one-year deal after his second spell with Real Madrid, believes West Ham have the ability to turn the club's fortunes around.

Can West Ham stay up?

He said: "When I see my team mates I know that they have quality. I think the players are hurting a great deal after what happened on Saturday. We have a great manager and great players.

West Ham travel to Anfield on Sunday with the incentive of knowing three points could be enough to keep manager Bilic in his job.

Liverpool and West Ham conceded nine goals between them last weekend as Jurgen Klopp's 15-game winning streak came to an end.

Slaven Bilic could be out of a job is West Ham lose against Liverpool.

Slaven Bilic could be out of a job is West Ham lose against Liverpool.