Slaven Bilic explains how West Ham will change their home gameplan

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West Ham have struggled at the Boleyn Ground this season, despite excellent away form.

The Hammers have won all three away games, but only one of their home ties, and Slaven Bilic has told the Standard how he intends to improve his squad so they are better at the Boleyn Ground.

The Croatian boss said: “One win from four home games is not good enough for us and we have some ideas about how to improve things. There have been suggestions that we should play a pressing game further up the pitch. Although that has some merit, you can’t press for 90 minutes, unless you are Barcelona. To press, you have to keep the ball longer. We’ve done it in spells, but need to improve in that respect.”

Bilic wants to see his team pressing more, but only when it makes sense, and so he wants his team to actually be a more possession based team than they have show this season.

Pressing is all well and good, and often creates a number of chances as you catch the opposition off guard, and West Ham have shown this season that they can do it with the best teams in the division.

However, pressing should be used as a back-up option to actually having possession of the ball, especially when you are the home team, and are expected to dominate play.

If you cede the ball to the opposition, you are placing far higher pressure on yourself, and should set up at home simply to retain the ball for as long as possible.

This season, West Ham’s home and away game plan have been extremely similar, and the pressing system has worked away due to the opposition they have been playing setting up as a home side.

However, at home, the Hammers are coming up against sides hoping to play the same style, and are being blown away by the precision of their attacks.

Bilic is keen to change this system at home, and has outlined his plans to improve West Ham’s tactical set-up by ensuring they have possession of the ball for as long as they can every single game at the Boleyn Ground.

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