Bilic - We are dreaming about trophies


  • Slaven Bilic wants to bring silverware back to West Ham United
  • The Hammers boss plans to name a strong line-up in Friday's Emirates FA Cup third-round tie
  • The manager feels his side are good enough to beat Manchester City at London Stadium

Slaven Bilic says he would love to bring silverware back to West Ham and plans to name a strong team for the Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester City on Friday night.

Despite the Hammers facing two games in three days against Leicester and Manchester United last weekend, Bilic feels his players have had enough time to recuperate and is hoping to record another big cup victory at London Stadium.

The Hammers have not been handed the easiest of knockout draws this season following the recent EFL Cup ties against Chelsea and Manchester United, but the boss feels his players have the quality to compete against the big teams.

Bilic has always a big fan of the FA Cup and knows what it would mean to the supporters if the team could reach another major final at Wembley.

Bilic said: “The Premier League is the priority, but we are also dreaming about trophies.

“It is definitely more likely we are closer to a trophy in the cups than the league, like most of the clubs. It is a big ambition for us. We have a very difficult draw.

“We had tough ones in the EFL Cup with Chelsea and Manchester United. Manchester City will approach this cup very seriously but we are positive because our form is good now.”

The manager confirmed he will make a few changes to the team following the disappointing home defeat against Manchester United, but still plans to name a strong starting line-up good enough to beat Pep Guardiola's side.

Bilic added: “There was more rotation with the game with United because we had two games in three games, now there is a gap.

“I am not saying there won’t be changes, but from Monday to Friday there is a normal gap and we then have a game next Saturday against Palace.

“Considering we are playing in the FA Cup, where we have big ambitions, we play at home against Manchester City, a big club, so we play a very strong side.”

A limited number of tickets remain available for Friday's 7.55pm and can be bought via the Ticket Exchange.

For those unable to make it to east London in person, the tie will be screened live on BBC 1.