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Slaven Bilic: West Brom ready for buzzing Bees

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion boss Slaven Bilic admits there is no hiding the significance of tonight's game at Brentford.

Slaven Bilic (AMA)

The table topping Baggies head to Griffin Park where they will take on a Bees outfit currently sat fourth in the Championship.

And Bilic is expecting a pulsating game that's very different from the goalless draw Albion played out with Blue last weekend.

"We’ll attack in different ways, but on the other hand we’ll have to defend in other ways," he said.

"It’s a derby game. Not because of the geography, because of positions.

"It's two top teams are playing. I respect them.

"We played them at The Hawthorns and I said then they are one of the most talented teams with so many talents on the pitch.

"I’m not just talking only about their front three players.

"Their team is modern, it’s got patterns, they’ve scored the most goals together with us.

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"It’s not a surprise. If you’re reading that (Said) Benrahma is worth £31m, (Ollie) Watkins is worth £25m, (Bryan) Mbuemo is £20m.

"It’s going to be a big test for us. We’ll need to have a complete game, defend and attack. We’ll have to suffer, we’ll need individual performances and team performances.

"But I’m expecting that it should be a big, big test for them, also.

"We are good. We’re not big time Charlies, but we’re position number one. The whole season we’ve been number one or number two.

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"That’s not because we had a wildcard – we proved it week in, week out. It’s a massive game."

Albion's draw against Blues together with Leeds' defeat at Cardiff saw the Baggies return to the top of the table last weekend.

But while pressure comes with being pace-setters, Bilic wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"The negative thing about being first or second is there's an element of people wondering 'Are Leeds and us going to bottle it?', the boss added.

"That applies to Fulham and Brentford too, but they are hoping that happens.

But they would rather be in our position. It's better to be where we are.

"Is it difficult? Of course, it's difficult. But there's an old Chinese proverb which says: 'The sun is hottest at the very top of the mountain, but also the wind is strongest.'

“You can crumble, but if you're together that's a big thing. I wouldn't swap with anyone of them."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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