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West Ham United veteran Pablo Zabaleta has dished out a dose of reality to his Hammers teammates.

West Ham endured a torrid start to life under Manuel Pellegrini this season with four consecutive Premier League defeats.

Expectations were raised when the Chilean agreed to succeed David Moyes in the Hammers hotseat.

An unprecedented £100 million splurge on 10 players as part of Pellegrini’s rebuild only served to feed building excitement among supporters.

The dreadful start saw Pellegrini under pressure but West Ham turned things around with a fine 3-1 win away at bogey side Everton, a superb 0-0 draw against unbeaten Chelsea, a record-equalling 8-0 cup win over Macclesfield and a 3-1 triumph when they faced Manchester United.

The turnaround ushered in a wave of renewed optimism.

But if a 1-0 defeat at Brighton last time out did not bring West Ham back down to earth with a bump, some home truths from veteran defender Pablo Zabaleta will.

Speaking to the club’s official website over the international break, the former Argentina fullback suggested an element of complacency had crept in after recent results.

“We’ve got seven points and

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