Wednesday 03 Jul
Updated Wednesday 03 Jul 06:30
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Chicharito: It's great to be back training


Chicharito was delighted to get back out onto the training pitch on the first full day of West Ham United's training camp in Switzerland.

The Hammers striker is part of a strong Hammers squad as Manuel Pellegrini's men enter the first phase of their pre-season, and he played a full part as the team took their first steps in the Swiss Alps.

West Ham will spend eleven days in their Bad Ragaz base, with their first friendly against Austrian outfit SCR Altach following on Thursday 11 July.

Chicharito, who is starting his third season in east London, is excited by the prospect for another campaign of growth ahead

"It's great to be back," he said. "Tuesday's was an introduction kind of session, to try to move our legs, even though most of us have been working a little bit before we came here.

"It was good being involved, getting a touch and having a small game at the end too. I think after Wednesday, we will have the harder sessions because we need to build up a very good base so we can get ourselves into a good way physically to allow us to perform."


Chicharito trains in Switzerland


This summer was not the kind Chicharito usually experiences - this was the first close season since 2015 that he has not been involved in tournament football with Mexico.

Whilst it might not have been a summer of total rest - the striker's first child arrived in June - he is happy to return after a longer break.

"In both situations, whether you are with your national team, working with them in the summer [or not], there are always pros and cons," he added. "For me, it was the first time in my whole life I’ve had more than three or four weeks as a break, so I enjoyed it a lot.

"We went out with my friends, with [my wife] Sarah too, so we had just a small break and the rest we spent in London waiting for my son to be born. It’s special but I’m not going to say it’s better or worse, or compare it, because in both you have your pros and your cons, you enjoy it, you adapt and adjust yourself to those circumstances, and now I’m here in Switzerland preparing myself to have a good season."

We need to build up a very good base so we can get ourselves into a good way physically to allow us to perform

Chicharito

Looking ahead to that season, Chicharito is convinced the Hammers can go one better by challenging higher up the Premier League table.

He added: "Last season the objectives, the goals were to try and finish in the top six of the table or top seven so we could get into the European spots.

"In the end we couldn’t do it and we finished in mid-table, but the objectives are the same, to finish as high as we can, like I said to try and get in the European competition and get used to that. This club is doing everything they can to achieve that." 

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