International break a blessing for West Ham, says Antonio

Michail Antonio has played for West Ham since 2015. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: The international break arrived at the right time for struggling West Ham United and their focused training in the past fortnight can kickstart their Premier League campaign, winger Michail Antonio said on Tuesday.

West Ham have lost their first four league games, including a 1-0 home defeat by promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers before the break, to heap pressure on new coach Manuel Pellegrini and his expensively-assembled squad.

“International breaks can sometimes be a blessing and sometimes be a curse and right now, I’d say it’s a blessing because it’s given ourselves a chance to clear our minds after the first part of the season,” Antonio told the club’s website.

“It’s given us an opportunity to do some good work and get ready to make a fresh start… we’ve been working on shape and tactical stuff and tying things down.”

West Ham brought in a number of new players in the close season but are yet to extract the best out of them, scoring just two goals in the league so far.

“We’ve signed nine new players and it takes time to gel as you can see in the games, where we’re passing balls where we think people should be and getting things a bit muddled up,” Antonio added.

“We need to learn more about each other,

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and I do see it coming good.”

West Ham return to Premier League action with Sunday’s trip to Everton.