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Scraper 4:41 Mon Sep 21
Telegraph on Bilic C&P

Slaven Bilic compares winning to 'visiting a pub that is full of women' after West Ham see off Manchester City

Man City1 - 2West Ham





West Ham won away again with an assured 2-1 victory, although an excitable Bilic has nevertheless cooled talk of a top four finish

With a ready quip, an effervescent touchline demeanour and a passion for his club that seems to seep from every pore, Slaven Bilic is rapidly emerging as one of the more engaging and agreeable personalities of the season.

The only question surrounding the West Ham United manager as his team continued their devastating and unexpected start to the season is at what point we, and Bilic himself, need to start taking him and his club’s abilities seriously.

Impressive in victory at Arsenal and Liverpool and now the first team in five months and 12 league games to inflict defeat upon Manchester City. Three such notable away scalps surely promote West Ham from early season curiosities into genuine players in the upper reaches of the division even if Bilic refuses to analyse his team’s full potential.




“Yeah, yeah. Of course I like it when we are winning,” Bilic said. “Of course it is brilliant! It is like when you come to a pub that is full of women! You will like it!

“I don’t play the targets down, seriously. Nobody is saying we are going to finish fourth. What does 'targets’ mean? What are 'targets?’ Targets are for a club like Man United, all my targets are about trying to improve us day in, day out. Where is that going to take us? I don’t know.”

Although, as his less quotable opposite number Manuel Pellegrini was quick to point out, there are still 96 points to play for in the Premier League season, a glance at the current league table, especially in the away columns, justified asking Bilic whether a top-four finish was realistic.



“Hopefully! Hopefully!” he said. “But you would be the first one to say before the season that this would be impossible. But still, unfortunately, just six games have gone. I would love this to be zero games [remaining] but we have to maintain, we have to improve.”

City, vulnerable at the back without the injured Vincent Kompany, still boasted a centre-half pairing that cost £61 million but goals inside the opening half-hour were conceded far too easily to Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho. After full debutant Kevin De Bruyne scored impressively just before the interval, City’s dominance was near total but, without David Silva who had injured his calf in the warm-up, the leaders lacked guile and the final pass.



“Obviously David is a very good player and very important for this team but I think the squad is so strong you can just put a player like [Jesús] Navas in,” said De Bruyne.

“In the second half we put them under a lot of pressure, we tried to score goals. That was the only thing we didn’t do. These games happen. When they won the first five games maybe the ball went easily into the net. You’ll have games when it’s more difficult.”



Meanwhile, the only concern for the victors appears likely to be dealing with the inflated weight of expectation that will follow this latest away performance. Bilic may not be ready to agree but the visiting supporters had no hesitation in taunting their hosts with chants of “We’re going to win the league.”

“Typical West Ham fans. We just take one game as it comes,” the defender James Tomkins said. “But City are title contenders and we’ve beaten them. The manager just sends us out telling us we are good players, he gives us the confidence to go and play. He gives us confidence leading into games and that is massive. On the touchline it’s almost like he’s playing. You can tell how much he cares, how he wants to do well. He makes us believe we can do better. The gaffer has been really good for us. Teams are going to fear us now. They’ll be looking at these results and worrying.”

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stats 10:19 Tue Sep 22
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
We are going to win the league. I read it 20 times so I've definitely read too much in to it.

normannomates 3:01 Tue Sep 22
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Stewie 9.08

Ha ha..yea Slab is different alright...but the players to be buying into it.

Loved to have been a fly on the wall at his job interview with Sully..

Talk about blind leading the blind.

chim chim cha boo 2:16 Tue Sep 22
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
I only read the first ten words.

Maybe I am not reading too much into it?

HMP 10:03 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Tomkins is saying

We have a propa football manager who dosen't just sit on FAT ARSE and CHEW GUM like a FUCKING MORON.

hth

franksfat&slow&wank 9:35 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
There's a strong chance I might fuck Slav if he keeps this up

stewey 9:08 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
When ze seagulls follow ze trawler zay are looking for a pub full of totty.

HairyHammer 8:54 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Visiting a pub full of women ?

Maybe its a Croatian saying that is not traveling that well into English.

franksfat&slow&wank 2:04 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
"On the touchline it’s almost like he’s playing"

says everything doesnt it

BRANDED 2:03 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
He's saying a three egg omelette is as perfect a breakfast as you can have with two pieces of whole meal bread with some butter.


At least that's what I think he's saying

SecondOpinion 1:57 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
I might be reading too much into it, but it sounds like Bilic has had enough already and will be off by the weekend

Lily Hammer 10:02 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
I may be reading too much into it, but I think he's suggesting the Butler did it. So ***SPOILER ALERT!***

ironsofcanada 9:31 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
He is going to make some big decision, not all of which we will agree with but he is willing to make them and is a leader of men that is for sure. Two very good things.

It is still early days as can be learned from last year but the combination of a better and deeper squad and the general positivity mean I think we will do much better. Players definitely seem to be buying in so far.

I think the most impressive thing so far has been the bounce back from both the Europa stuff and the disastrous home games. Though hapless Newcastle helped a little with that.

Mike Oxsaw 9:15 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
This pub full of girls sounds like the place to be (to watch the next game).

Or maybe I am reading too much into it.

FatboyChelseaScum 8:59 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Basically, Tomkins in implying that we should be careful with what we wish for.

Or maybe I am reading too much into it.

Monk~koknee 8:55 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
I can hand on heart say that I never made an 'exude' for BFS.

Mr Polite 8:52 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Tomkins is saying that the whole club got a lift when the previous manager left. He is saying the dressing room hated him and couldn't wait for the negative whippet raper to go and that they hated playing the way they did under him and being sent out not to win games was soul destroying. He is saying how sorry they are to the true fans who spoke up about it it rather than made exudes for the fat slob as those that went along with him, saying he was needed at that time are culperble in the shit that was served up and they owe a debt to the people on the forums who didn't like the fat cunt from day one.


I might be reading too much into it, but that's what it said to me

Eerie Descent 8:47 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
RESPECT THE POINT

Marston Hammer 8:41 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Tomkins is saying BFS is a fat northern cunt, althought I might be reading too much into it.

Eddie B 8:33 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Could Tomkins had ever said any of that under BFS?

Alfs 5:11 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
That Tompkins quote speaks volumes.

Wanderlust 5:06 Mon Sep 21
Re: Telegraph on Bilic C&P
Interesting piece but for me the key words are by James Tomkins at the end, and does imply that being given this confidence and belief is a new thing under Bilic that they didn't get before. Or maybe I am reading too much into it?

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