Bilic explains what he told West Ham players ahead of international break

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been superb in the Premier League so far this season.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed on the club’s official website what he has told his players ahead of the two-week international break.

“The international break has definitely come at a good time,” said Bilic. “I said to the boys, ‘Now, we have played a third of the season, we have to be happy with the way we are playing. We may have a few more points, maybe a few less, but we are in a good position.’”

“I told them to be proud so far and I expect them to come back hungry,” added the Croatian.

West Ham have been superb so far this season and have done much better than expected.

The Hammers are actually in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The London outfit are sixth in the league table at the moment with 21 points from 12 matches, just three points behind fourth-place Manchester United.

West Ham fans will hope that the team continue to play well and get positive results after the international break.

It will be interesting to see how the Hammers cope without star player Dimitri Payet. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder is likely to miss the next three months with an ankle injury.

Payet has been one of the best players in the Premier League so far this season, and has scored five goals and created 46 chances in 12 league matches.

The France international has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 65%, and has won one header, 28 dribbles and seven tackles.

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