Manuel Pellegrini wants his West Ham players to be in the best state possible ahead of the new season, and has made it clear he expects them to keep on improving.
He noted that there are less than two weeks before the start of the season, and that some players are not yet fit after the summer break and of course, the World Cup, but that he expects them to work hard and get there by the start of the season – or at least to a level he thinks is acceptable.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “We need to keep improving. We have ten days more work before we start the Premier League and there are a lot of players who are not 100 per cent.
“Tonight we played without Javier Hernandez, without Felipe Anderson, without Andriy Yarmolenko, without Cresswell, but these players are working more every day and they will be nearer to their normal performance. We need to work very hard these ten days.”
One massive challenge for Pellegrini this season is going to be off the field – with the manager having to united the fans, the players and the board.
There were huge fractions last season, and it was certainly difficult at times, with the fans invading the field and of course squaring up to the players – with some returning the favour, and Pellegrini has noted that the new stadium cannot be an excuse for poor results, nor can the fans, who need to get behind the team.