20 Sep
2020

Song hopes West Ham hit right notes

first_img Despite Arsenal’s formidable run of seven consecutive home victories in the Premier League, Song – who played for the Gunners between 2005 and 2012, before joining Barcelona – believes the Irons can repeat Monaco’s performance after the unfancied French side stunned the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 Champions League victory last month. “I know this stadium very well and I know when you play with Arsenal it’s very hard, but I think Monaco is how you want to play when you play in the Emirates,” Song told the West Ham website, www.whufc.com. “The best thing to do is to try to be together, defend together very well and when you have the opportunity to go on the counter attack, you have to do it very well like Monaco did it. “If you want to go to Emirates and try to play you will not have any chance to win the game there because this stadium is very hard to play in. “You have to stay together very compact and not give them any room, then take the opportunity on the counter attack. “If we do this very well like Monaco did, then we can get a good result there.” Song, the 27-year-old on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season, feels the Irons can raise their game against Arsenal. “We have shown a lot of things this season as a team, especially when we play against teams at the highest level like Manchester City and Liverpool or Tottenham. We’ve done very well and we need to continue to improve in this way,” said Song, who stayed in London to work on his fitness while the rest of the squad were away at a warm-weather camp in Dubai. Midfielder Alex Song believes West Ham can follow Monaco’s example and keep his former club Arsenal subdued at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. “We can play better and hopefully this game on Saturday will be a very good test for us. “It has been a long time since we won a game in the league, so we must try to come back and try to win or get one point there. “Everything is possible in football and we just need to keep believing and trying hard on the pitch.” Song maintains there can be no room for sentiment against his former club. “They are one part of my life and, because I went there when I was 17, I always say it is my family,” the former Cameroon international said. “I know this is a special game for me, but that is football and I have to take all the emotion out and just try to play my game, to play the best football I can to help the team to win.” The Hammers head across London looking to kickstart their Barclays Premier League campaign, having plummeted down to 10th place after no wins in the last six and back-to-back defeats. Arsenal, meanwhile, have surged back into the top four and are into the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night. Press Associationlast_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

Football: Cornerbacks use new technique to increase aggressiveness

first_imgFor Darius Hillary, working with his third position coach during his college career at first seemed daunting.But, for the Wisconsin football team’s fifth-year senior cornerback and the rest of the secondary, the change has been welcomed because of the various techniques new defensive backs coach Daronte’ Jones has brought in.“He’s taught us a lot of different techniques we can use during the games,” Hillary said. “He’s a players’ coach. He’s there to help us.”When the cornerbacks line up in press coverage, they used to implement a “scootch” technique. But recently they’ve been using the bail technique, and back off receivers right before the ball is hiked.The biggest change, though, has come in how defensive backs prepare themselves to go after the ball in the air. Under the last coaching staff, the secondary used a lean and locate technique, which is when you lean into the receiver and then stay on his body.Now, the corners don’t engage receivers physically, but try to act like wide receivers themselves when the ball is in the air, Jones said.“Because you’re leaning, you can’t attack the ball at its highest point. You’re off-balanced,” Jones said. “If you’re a wide receiver, and the ball is in the air, would you lean and locate, or would you stay vertical and attack the ball up top?”This helps them focus on the ball and makes it easier to make a play on it, Hillary said.“See ball, get ball,” Hillary said. “When the ball is in the air, we want to become the receiver and go up and attack it.”It helps limit pass interference penalties too, because of less contact with receivers, Hillary said.Last season, the Badgers recorded only six interceptions. Last Saturday, they reached the halfway mark to that total by picking off three passes.All three interceptions came from the safety position — two from Leo Musso and one from Tanner McEvoy. Hillary joked that it’s time for the cornerbacks to join the action and use the techniques to snag some interceptions.That kind of confidence from the secondary unit is something the coaching staff has noticed, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said.“Guys are feeling confident [that] when the ball is in the air they can come down with it,” Aranda said. “That’s a big change and I’m excited to see it.”last_img read more

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