West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has asked his team to ‘win with humility’ ahead of their clash with Preston North End this evening.
As reported by the Express & Star, Bilic has requested that his squad remain humble in order for them to achieve their goal of automatic promotion.
“Nowadays it’s not popular to be humble, now everyone asks of you to be macho and to show the world a bit of arrogance,” said Bilic.
“For me, to be humble is seen like a flaw almost. But humble is above everything. You can be strong and humble. You can be unbelievably confident and humble and that’s what we are trying to get from the players.”
“At the moment they are like that, they are unbelievable. Of course they are enjoying the moment but they are working hard and they are humble.”
“They are respecting the situation that we are in at the moment, knowing that we have to continue like that. Or even to raise our efforts to have any chance of winning games.”
Preston are currently unbeaten at home in the Championship so far this campaign and the Croatian is under no illusions as to the stern task they face ahead of them.
“They have maybe the best home record. Seven wins and two draws, I think that’s the best. We don’t have it at home, and we are good at home.”
“So they are a good team. They score a lot of goals. Their last two results have not been good but especially at home they are very, very good.”
“Again, it’s a difficult one. But we have to hope, we have to believe, we have to suffer a little bit together on the pitch. And we have to stay humble, stay positive, and at the same time be very front-footed.”
“We have to do everything we can not to lose this momentum that we have at the moment because we’ve worked really hard for it, and now we want to keep it forever or as long as possible.”