Manuel Pellegrini has spoken to the press ahead of West Ham’s weekend clash with Arsenal.
The Chilean faced the media, who were keen to ask about the current state of the team.
The Hammers, of course, have lost their opening two fixtures in the Premier League.
Although the team were expected by most to lose to Liverpool, there was a lot of disappointment following the 2-1 home loss to Bournemouth.
This, especially after the Hammers went 1-0 up through a Marko Arnautovic penalty.
Saturday offers a chance for Pellegrini’s side to pick up their first points of the season, but the 64-year-old did say some potentially worrying things ahead of the game.
The boss on current mentality
Pellegrini admitted to the media that the players felt fear as they conceded to Bournemouth last weekend.
As quoted by football.london, he said: “I’m always disappointed when we don’t win. Maybe in the first games we tried to play as a big team against Liverpool away.
I don’t think the result we had was what we deserved. The second game we improved a lot, our team play in the first 45 minutes was the way I wanted to do it but in the second half, when we conceded we had a lot of fear that we were going to lose the game.”
This was after Pellegrini admitted that defending, attacking and most tellingly mentality all needed improving.
Cause for concern?
It’s never good to hear that players are fear losing when conceding in games.
If Arsenal go ahead at the weekend they will instantly feel better and more confident about seeing the game out.
It’s good to be honest but sometimes things should just be kept behind closed doors.
That all said, we are only two games into the new season.
West Ham have obviously undergone a lot of change and it will take time to see out the transition period.
There is no need to panic yet as Pellegrini has only been in the job for five minutes – instant success is never guaranteed.