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Hammers face ‘jackpot signings’ clash

slavstadiumWest Ham need to win and preferably convincingly at the London Stadium tonight if they are to hit the jackpot of attracting top new players.

Slaven Bilic made that clear when asked if that was the case and answered: “One or two players,yes”

That may well include Carlos Baccas who has been stalling on a move for a couple of weeks – who knows whether he may make a visit to view his possible new surroundings!

The manager added: “We are in a good position, we are 2-1- down from the first leg, that is not good but we have to beat them tomorrow and with 54,000 fans we have to do it if we want to progress.

“If we put in a very good performance then we are going to have a big chance, if we don’t we need to be lucky.”

Bilic wants the team to ispire the fans into producing an atmosphere as intense as Upton Park.

He added: “The players can influence it. I’ve played and coached in so many new arenas and it is always down to the performance.

“If the team is playing right, good, giving everything, you can feel them. If you play flat, it is better they are not close to you!

“I have done my homework with that. You can’t get an atmosphere in the Parc des Princes or St Denis for example like you can in Dortmund. It’s impossible.

“I played in Parc Des Princes and in Berlin, also at Wembley. Its down to the performance.”

It’s down the performances, it’s down to the players to make the fans loud.”

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6 comments on “Hammers face ‘jackpot signings’ clash

  1. He is right about Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion it is an amazing atmosphere,i was lucky enough to take a match in there.If only we could replicate that it would be awesome.It won’t ever happen though.We have too many prawn sandwich munching fans now.

  2. It appears to me that there are a certain amount of fans feeling too sorry for themselves about having to go to the new stadium tonight & forgetting we have a bloody big match tonight & the team needs all of our support big time.

  3. ‘We have too many prawn sandwich munching fans now’? Where is your evidence for that JB? West Ham has always been a broad church, not a missionary religion I must admit. I used to tell my son that supporting the Irons was like catching malaria, just sometimes not as pleasant… but then I was being ‘risible’. This is a fantastic oportunity for us as a club. We all know about our history, hair standing up on the back of the neck stuff, like the FA Cup semi final vs Nottingham Forest, Cup Winners Cup game vs Dynamo Tiblisi etc etc but let’s face it… it would be nice to win something, be nice to be admired, rather than having other fans sympathy, wouldn’t it? And I think we will win something. Maybe not today, but certainly soon… and I’d rather be an Irons fans, looking at Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea going forward, than being one of them looking at us and wondering what the future held. We are on the way up. COYI !!!

  4. It’s a new time and place for our club,we gave our old ground a great send off,now we need to be the club we have always been,
    The fans need to use tonight to build what is going to be a great stadium and fortress,
    So from the first blast of bubbles up to the roar at the end of the game we need to push our players to their first home victory,
    I don’t care weather Bacca or anyone else gets a buzz so he signs but I do care how our club grows and the fans build a home for themselvesm

  5. It will be pumping bubs !!
    Prawn sandwiches everywhere ! Lol.
    Canteen is gonna earn a fortune ! You can’t take you’re own ? New rule ?

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