Slaven Bilic – 'Beating Liverpool resulted in unrealistic expectations'

Pablo Zabaleta

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic stated that beating Liverpool last season in the Europa League Round of 32 while he was Beşiktaş manager was one of the highlights of the season but also resulted in unrealistic expectations.

Beşiktaş knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League on penalties despite being heavy underdogs.

“Sometimes your biggest enemy is yourself. We beat Liverpool in the Europa League and were put on a pedestal we were floating in the clouds then look what happened we dropped points against Balıkesirspor,” Bilic told Fanatik.

The Black Eagles were undefeated against English opposition in European competition at home last season.

Beşiktaş drew against Arsenal in the Champions League play-offs and beat Tottenham and Liverpool in the Europa League.

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The former Croatian national team manager also underlined that the Süper Lig is a lot more competitive than he thought before joining the Black Eagles think.

“The Turkish league is very competitive and far bigger than people outside think,” he added.

Bilic resigned from his position as Beşiktaş manager at the end of the season and replaced Sam Allardyce as West Ham head coach.