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West Brom coach: 'Winning might make you happy but defeat kills you'

Sat 05 December 2020 | 14:53

Slaven Bilic has conceded the torment of losing games harms him more than he can appreciate the joy of winning.

West Bromwich

head coach tasted

Premier League

triumph unexpectedly this season at the tenth endeavor last Saturday when the Baggies narrowly won Sheffield United 1-0, an outcome which has fundamentally improved the team's morale at the training ground this week. 

Anyway as he arranged his players for Sunday's home face-off against

Crystal Palace

, the Croatian manager uncovered the difficult situations are as yet intense to digest even right around 20 years into his coaching profession. 

He said:

“It’s not easy. It’s never nice no matter if you are a new manager or if you are an experienced manager. But of course over the years you can take it as a little bit less worrying.

“But you are not as happy after the win as you are down after the defeat. The defeat, it hurts you physically. After the win, you are happy, you are celebrating, but the defeat kills you.

“Especially as a manager, it drains you because now you know that you have to spread your energy to the players to lift them up, and it takes its toll, it takes energy because everything is in your head.

“It’s a little bit easier now because when you do something for 15, 20 years, it’s easier, I suppose. But you can never be comfortable with a defeat if you love the job, if you are passionate.”

The Throstles have gathered only six points out of 10 fixtures until now, yet they hope to add to their tally this end of the week by making sure about consecutive successes. 

That perhaps more difficult than one might expect with Wilfried Zaha back among the Eagles' squad after his authorized Covid-19 lay-off. 

His participation in the upcoming match is still unclear, however, Bilic is intensely mindful of the danger he presents and the effect he has on his team.

He said:

“That’s their paradox. They don’t want the ball, so you’re thinking, ‘OK they are solid’, but no, their forte is front players. There’s so much talent in there, so much skill, pace, freshness, ideas, combinations.

“They are brilliant, not only him, but especially him. The statistic that from the last 18 games that he didn’t play, they lost 15, it’s basically unbelievable how big an influence has has on them.”

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