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Bilic Reveals West Ham Motivation Ahead Leicester Clash, Tips Vardy For PFA Award

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is optimistic his side can finish as high as they would for and that will reflect in their game against Leicester City on Sunday away at the King Power Stadium.


West Ham United are currently in 6th place in the Premier League table with 52 points and are generally seen as having a good side that can get a result against the leaders who have 72 points and require just three wins from their remaining fixtures to be confirmed champions.


"But we want to finish high and we are motivated to do that in our final six games, starting at Leicester on Sunday," he told the media at his Friday's press conference..


"We need points to finish high in the table. Do we need to win on Sunday? Well we know we need points if we are to finish high."


Bilic showed he has deep knowledge of how his opponents will play on Sunday and seemed to allay fears that West Ham could be shocked.


“It’s hard to play them (Leicester) because obviously they are winning games 1-0 or whatever. They are very patient and their transition is unbelievable, offensively or defensively.


“They are not a one-dimensional team. Ok, people are saying they catch you on the break and all that, but they have Vardy who didn’t stop sprinting from the first game and that’s amazing.


“They also have good crossing, people in midfield who can take the ball from you like Kante or Drinkwater, but they can also travel with the ball, pass the ball and shoot. Not to mention Mahrez on the right who can beat three or four players and do something special, so they are very versatile.


“They are playing simple football, but they have players who are capable of counter-attacking, beating three or four players in a tight space, and they are great on set pieces. They are very hard to beat.


“Every manager says they have to stop them counter-attacking or Vardy going into spaces, but they are doing that week-in, week-out.”


Bilic then gave injury updates of his players ahead of the 1.30pm kick off match. 


"It looks like Winston Reid should be Ok. He had tight muscles but was not injured."

On losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup: 

"It was a huge disappointment because we wanted to go to Wembley and then go on and win the cup.



Bilic, asked about Dimitri Payet's inclusion on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award responded:



"It's a great thing for him and a great thing for the club as it shows we're going well. Hopefully he's going to win it but if not him, then it should be connected with something your club has achieved.


"If Leicester win the league then Vardy is my choice. If they don't and Spurs do, it has to be Harry Kane," the Croatian coach stated.

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