Michail Antonio has revealed what West Ham United have been doing over the international break after controversy surrounding Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham have struggled to under the Chilean with four defeats from their opening four Premier League games.
The Hammers are bottom of the fledgling table and the only club in England with zero points.
A daunting fixture list also awaits them starting with Everton away at the weekend.
The Hammers have been accused of looking like ‘strangers’ on the pitch.
And they have been labelled everything from ‘pathetic’ to ‘clueless’ by pundits.
So when the former Man City boss jetted back to his native Chile during the international break it understandably courted controversy (The Telegraph).
Some fans felt he should have remained in East London.
That he should have used the time to work with his available squad to cement his tactics, philosophy and style.
But Michail Antonio has told the club’s official website they have been cramming it in since Pellegrini’s return.
“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 whufc.com.
‘I do see it coming good’
“A few of the players have been away on international duty so we didn’t have the full squad here, but 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.
“We’ve obviously 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 little bit muddled up.
“We just need to learn more about each other and I do see it coming good.”