Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Cause for optimism, says Ogbonna

Filed: Thursday, 26th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

Angelo Ogbonna says there is renewed optimism in the West Ham camp ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

And that, says the Italian defender, is largely down to the introduction of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and his fresh ideas.

Embed from Getty Images

"We have been working really hard and I think this is giving us a lot of optimism for this season," the 30-year-old centre half told West Ham's website.

"The new manager is a really good person. We work with him every day on the shape and on the defensive line in the team. He wants us to stick together and keep working for each other.

"The defence isnít just us in the back line - itís down to the whole team to defend. We have to decide as a team who will be pressing high and when it is time to just wait to intercept passes or attempts through the lines.

"I think itís important to know what we are all doing Ė every player on the pitch Ė and we are working really hard on that."

Embed from Getty Images

Ogbonna, who is preparing for his fourth season at West Ham was part of the team that comfortably beat Championship side Aston Villa 3-1 at Walsall's Bescot Stadium last night thanks to goals from Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic and Robert Snodgrass.

It was a game in which the Hammers thoroughly impressed during the opening 45 minutes - especially new signings Felipe Anderson and fellow central defender, Fabian Balbuena - before making a string of substitutions.

"Looking at games like tonight, against Villa, I think weíre seeing the benefits of that hard work," added the Italian. "We were really compact and really focused. We knew what we had to do to stop Villa from getting forward and we did it really well.

ďThe new players have mixed into the team really well. They are all working hard - as we saw tonight - and itís important our new teammates are all made to feel welcome. They will all be crucial to the side for the season to come."

* You may watch last night's 3-1 win against Aston Villa here.

Related News

   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [15th Aug 2018]
   arrow   'Upset' Pellegrini slams unacceptable defeat [14th Aug 2018]
   arrow   West Ham's pre-season: in numbers [6th Aug 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [1st Aug 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [27th Jul 2018]
   arrow   Cause for optimism, says Ogbonna [26th Jul 2018]
   arrow   Ancelotti keen on Angelo [10th Jul 2018]
   arrow   FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham Utd [8th Jul 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [24th May 2018]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 1-4 Manchester City [29th Apr 2018]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
U23s: Tottenham 2-3 West Ham Utd
West Ham's Under 23s continued their solid start to the new season with a m...more
Three Years Ago
Risky business, but a risk worth taking
An image purporting to be Alex Song leaving the Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge has been posted o...more
Five Years Ago
Free football this Friday
West Ham United's Under 21s take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground this Friday evening - and...more