West Ham’s Samir Nasri insists training with the club’s first team throughout the month of December helped him cope with the speed of Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.
The Frenchman made his Hammers’ debut in the FA Cup against the Midlands club and impressed after almost a year out of football.
“I’ve trained with us for a few weeks and that has helped, obviously,” Nasri said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“The manager has said once you know how to play football you never forget it, the only thing we were a little concerned with was the match fitness and the rhythm.”
“That’s what we tried to achieve today and my partners helped me a lot with everything. Every time I was on the ball I had one or two solutions and it’s always easier like that.”
“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.”
Meanwhile, Nasri also spoke about facing his former club Arsenal, who play West Ham on Saturday when the Premier League resumes.
“I’m sure the atmosphere will be even crazier,” he said of the Arsenal match.