West Ham to stay pos­i­tive in high-stakes Tot­ten­ham game, says Bilic

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: West Ham United will main­tain their pos­i­tive ap­proach when they host sec­ond-placed Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the Premier League on Fri­day as both teams fight for points to reach their own tar­gets, man­ager Slaven Bilic said.

West Ham, who are 15th in the league, have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games and ex­tended their un­beaten run to four games. They are seven points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter Sat­ur­day’s goal­less draw against Stoke City.

Tot­ten­ham will be tar­get­ing a win as they hope to keep the ti­tle race alive and cut lead­ers Chelsea’s four-point ad­van­tage at the top.

With three games left, Bilic said that West Ham had to win to ease rel­e­ga­tion fears.

“That game is al­ways big, it’s a derby, and it can’t be just an or­di­nary game. Then, if you add to that ... they need points to stay in the race and we need points to climb or to make us safe,” Bilic told the club’s web­site (www.whufc.com).

“We’re go­ing to ap­proach it in a very pos­i­tive way... know­ing we are play­ing, for me, against the best team in the league.”

Bilic said that his play­ers must be at their best on Fri­day to repli­cate last sea­son’s 1-0 home vic­tory against Tot­ten­ham.

“Hope­fully I’m go­ing to en­joy it, but it’s go­ing to be a very ner­vous game. We will have to be on top of our game... But we did it last year, beat­ing them at home, when they were also on fire and ev­ery­thing.” Reuters

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