Slaven Bilic sends firm message to Leeds United, Brentford and Fulham

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Some may prefer to be in the place of the hunter, rather than the hunted, at this point in the championship promotion race – but Slaven Bilic wouldn’t trade West Brom’s position with someone else’s. Friday evening, the table at the top of Baggies visits Brentford, fourth, in what could be a pivotal round of meetings; the second and third meet at Elland Road when Leeds welcome Fulham on Saturday.

Albion still a gap from the chase squad in the play-offs, but Bilic was pleased with the response to the frustrating, goalless draw against Birmingham City on Saturday and sees a lot of determination in his group .

With the title of league leader comes pressure from below – everyone wants your crown. The Croatian, however, enjoys the competition.

“If it was the start of the season after the break and all that would be difficult to get that level of motivation,” said Bilic. “But when you consider that there are only a few weeks left and there is so much at stake, you are totally in a moment.

“The negative thing about being first or second is that there is an element of people wondering” Are Leeds and we’re going to bottle it? “The same goes for Fulham and Brentford, but they hope it will happen.

“They prefer to be in our place. Better be where we are. It’s difficult? Of course, it is difficult. But there is an old Chinese proverb that says, “The sun is the hottest at the top of the mountain, but also the wind is the strongest. ”

“You can collapse, but if you’re together, it’s a great thing. I wouldn’t trade with any of them. ”

Brentford swept Fulham to Craven Cottage last weekend, establishing his own intentions before hosting Albion at Griffin Park.



Brentford Director Thomas Frank

Indeed, the bees have arguably been the best football team to visit The Hawthorns so far this season, although they only took one point from their encounter before Christmas.

Bilic has nothing but praise for Thomas Frank and his team, although he has also chosen to speak.

“Their name is a bit of a surprise, but not their team,” he added. “They are a high-level team and we have a lot of respect for them. It will be a very big test and we will have to be at the top of our game.

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“We are not great Charlies. We are confident but we are humble. But we are number one and for the whole season we have been number one or number two.

“It’s not because we are some kind of wildcard – it’s because week after week we did it. It’s a huge game.

“We just have to focus on ourselves. This game is bigger than the other.

“It’s more than a three-point game. We compete with our direct competitors and this will be crucial. The main thing is not to lose. “



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