Bilic unconcerned about their trip to Newcastle

Thu 10 December 2020 | 20:20

The West Brom coach says he has no concerns over their Saturday clash following the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Though their recent match against Aston Villa was postponed due to coronavirus outbreak,

West Brom


Slaven Bilic

revealed that they have no concerns over their Saturday match against


. Ahead of their match he said:

“They opened their training ground and we knew we were going to play the game.”

“So it’s normal preparation. It looks positive, hopefully we’re going to play it and that’s good news.”

“It wasn’t us who was monitoring the situation at Newcastle, it was Newcastle and the Premier League, and they decided the situation improved a lot, in a positive way. They told us the game is on, so we don’t have any doubts.”

“I didn’t have any of the guys knocking on my door saying like they are worried because Newcastle has got a number of cases.”

“This is serious football and the Premier League would not allow any sort of those things to happen – they wouldn’t risk the health of the players. And Newcastle wouldn’t do it.” 

Asked if the outbreak would weaken their opponent, Bilic replied:

“It doesn’t have to be.”

“We had a significant number of players, and they were not all weak when they came back to training. Some of them were in a shape like they were before we found out they were positive. Some of them found it a little bit more difficult.”

“I don’t know the situation for Newcastle. It’s definitely not a good thing for them, but we are not expecting the guys who are unfit to start the game. It depends. It’s all individual. But we have a preparation that we are expecting a team that is fully fit, full of confidence.”

The manager added on their 5-1 defeat to

Crystal Palace

saying: “The 5-1 defeat, I’m still very angry about it, the way we gave up after 3-1.”

“But I told the guys at the same time we can’t lose the confidence – we were working so hard to get it back, through performances and training, and we should remember that first 45 first minutes, especially when we were all on the pitch, that we were good.”

On their second-half he said it to be


 while continuing:

“I’m not trying to find excuses, I’m trying to find reasons and the biggest reason (for what happened in the second half) was we were one man down after around half an hour.”

Bilic also spoke of the fans and their support in the stadium saying:

“I feel the connection. I have a job to do and I am totally focused on how to win the games, me, the staff and the players. It’s nice to know the fans are recognising the situation. But we have to pick up the points.”

He later spoke about the recent act done by



Istanbul Basaksehir

players against racism and whether he would have also walked out of the pitch with his men had he witness such experience.

“Yes, that is our responsibility. If that happens, we have to stop it. If that actually happened, I’m totally for it,”

he said.

“There’s no room for any sort of racism in life, not to mention sport.”

source: SportMob

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