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West Ham manager Bilic: 'Spurs are playing maybe the best football'

05 May 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Slaven Bilic has graciously praised our “really good” form as he prepares his West Ham side for tonight's meeting at the London Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

We travel to the Hammers' new home for the first time for what is our fourth consecutive London derby in all competitions, determined to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

We're currently four points behind the Blues with four games to play, but Bilic says he's been most impressed by our performances this term.

“They are the club for me which is playing the best football,” said the 48-year-old, who managed Besiktas when we played them in the Europa League in 2014-15. “Don’t get me wrong, Chelsea well deserve to be on top but Spurs are playing maybe the best football.

“I have nothing but praise for them and I have been watching them all season and I’m thinking how did Chelsea manage to make that (four-point) gap?

“Of course when you play against those kinds of teams, home or away, first of all you have to stay focused and compact, and concentrate throughout the whole 90 minutes and that is the key. Of course, apart from that you have to make something up front.

“Tottenham has been really good throughout the whole season and then I remember that one period when they were a couple of times without Harry Kane, but this second one was not as bad as the first one.

“That first time (Harry was injured), they lost or drew a few games that, if you are challenging for the title, you can’t afford really. Before that and after that and especially now in the last couple of months, you can see their results – they are winning a lot of games.

“They are a team that is in form. OK, the last couple of away games, they won at Swansea and Palace without being that impressive, but they won games that could easily have been drawn or lost.

“They need points, we need points, it’s a massive game for them and it’s a massive game for us of course. We’ll try to get that point or points to definitely mathematically and theoretically secure our (Premier League) status.”