Positive and upbeat Slaven Bilic has shrugged of the ‘Great Stamford Bridge Robbery’ and told the players they are in a position to be worshipped!
It’s a message for the fans too, still smarting from the unfair loss of two precious points in the race for a Champions League place.
The manager said: “This is a situation we should worship and enjoy. I’d love us to be in this situation every year.
“Do you know what pressure is? It is down there, with Newcastle, Villa and Sunderland. That is real pressure, fighting for your life. Then you are counting points and goals. Here you are enjoying it.
“There is no better thing than positive pressure. I don’t feel we need to have big meetings, or talk about pressure. They are enjoying it, enjoying training.
“The way we approach it, and I hope the players are the same when they talk among themselves, is, ‘Look, we are playing well, what is the next game? It is difficult but, if we play the way we are doing, we have a chance to win.’ And then do it for the next game… and the next game…. and see where that takes us.”
Aaron Cresswell said: “If someone had said, ‘With eight games to go, you are going to be fighting for the Champions League’, you’d snap their hands off.
“Why can’t we dream? We want to finish there and we are going to fight and give everything we have. West Ham were minutes away from replacing Manchester City in fourth place.”
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