Slav looking for a real confidence shot


Mark-Noble-640914Slaven Bilic is looking for a massive shot of confidence with a win over Man City tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the match he told “We have to believe, because if you don’t believe then you don’t have a chance anyway. First, you have to believe and dream and then make your plans accordingly.

“Everything is possible and every year one national team like Iceland or one club in a league, whatever that league is – Genoa in Italy, Hoffenheim in Germany or Leicester in England a couple of seasons ago – does it and you have to be positive that it can be you.”

Bilic knows we are facing one of the best teams in world football tomorrow and added: “Every result helps and of course it gives you the proof you are searching for as a manager and as a player, as individuals and as a team,”

For example, when we were playing well against Werder Bremen, you could see our confidence rise and so it is important.

“I’m sure we have trained really good in Germany and in Austria and we are going to be ready for the start of the season. We are aiming for the game against Man United, but first we have Man City and all the players are still fighting for the jerseys. Tomorrow’s game counts for that, of course.”

Bilic revealed Cheikhou Kouyate will be out for ‘a longer period, not long, long, long but long enough’., but there was more positive news regarding the absent Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell, who will be out for ‘a week’.

Mark Noble returns to the squad after missing two pre-season with a toe injury, while Chicharito will again be involved as he continues to build up his match fitness.

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