Filed: Thursday, 2nd March 2017
By: Staff Writer
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says he "expects" his team to get something out of Monday's night's meeting with Premier League title favourites Chelsea.
Antonio Conte's side currently enjoy a ten-point lead over second-placed Tottenham in the table as they prepare to tackle the Hammers at the Olympic Stadium for the second time this season, having been beaten 2-1 in the EFL Cup last October.
Yet despite Chelsea's current red-hot form, Bilic insists he expects his team not to end the match empty-handed. "It's harsh to say we have the measure of them because we beat them last time but it does mean a lot, it shows it is not impossible," Bilic told the assembled press.
"They are not a different team now but they have improved from that game when we beat them. But it is not a bonus game for us. We are at home and it's a game we are expecting to get something from."
Bilic - who is counting on the return of Andy Carroll to pinpoint his attack on Monday night - also rebuffed questions regarding a new contract at the club. "I'm very happy here but I have a year-and-a-half left on my current contract," he said.
"These days if you have one-and-a-half years or four-and-a-half-years on your contract, it makes no difference at all. Look at Claudio Ranieri; if you asked anyone involved in football which manager has the safest job before the season started, we would all say 'Ranieri'."
Antonio withdrawn from England squad [20th Mar 2017]
Post-match press conference: Slaven Bilic vs Leicester City [19th Mar 2017]
Deadline passes, no Sakho return [17th Mar 2017]
In brief - Friday's news round-up [17th Mar 2017]
Noble granted leave by Bilic [17th Mar 2017]
Slav fires back in 'intensity' row [16th Mar 2017]
Pre-match press conference: Slaven Bilic [video] [16th Mar 2017]
In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [15th Mar 2017]
West Ham should keep Adrian, says Parkes [14th Mar 2017]
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