The midfielder explained that he’s wary of the effects that missing out on qualification in the Europa League could have over the team, if they aren’t able to get the better of Astra in the second lef of their latest qualification game this week.
The Hammers saw a 2-0 lead in the first leg disintegrate, with Astra coming back to secure a 2-2 draw with an away goal double, which leaves the East Londoners under a great deal of pressure.
“We can't be upset because if we go into the Premier League feeling sorry for ourselves we are going to get punished. We have got to stay positive and I am sure we will be fine,” he told whufc.com.
Bilic has a big role to play
Slaven Bilic is still fresh into his job at West Ham and he’s got a big role to play as he juggles responsibilities.
He’s being challenged in a big way at the moment because of how important Europe is to the direction that West Ham are heading in.
The best approach for the boss has to be creating boundaries and ensuring that there is no confusion over the differing way that the team has to play based on competition for competition.
There is a chance of confusion with the club’s first Premier League game coming so shortly after the next Europa League game.
Bilic needs to keep a firm grip over the mentality of his players, to make sure that there the different aims and objectives are perfectly clear.