Bilic admits he is a 'big admirer of Michel Preud'homme'

Bilic admits he is a ‘big admirer of Michel Preud’homme’ [divider]

Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that he is a big admirer of Club Brugge manager Michel Preud’homme

“I was a big admirer of Michel Preud’homme when he was a goalkeeper,” Bilic told the official UEFA website.

“Mario Stanić played with him at Benfica and told me that from Monday until the game on Sunday he was totally focused on that game. He also does that as a coach now, he brings that energy to his team. I’m a big fan of him.”

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Preud’homme also revealed that he is a big fan of Bilic during his post-match press conference earlier today.

Beşiktaş won the only previous meeting between the two sides, 2-1 under Jean Tigana at the Inönü stadium in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup group stages.

The Black Eagles are unbeaten against Belgium opposition in European competition.

The Turkish giants have only lost once in the Europa League this season but Club Brugge have gone one better and remain undefeated in the competition.

Beşiktaş will be without Jose Sosa and Atiba Hutchinson for the Last 16 game due to injury.