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Slaven Bilic tells high-flying West Ham to shoot on sight against Chelsea

Published 23/10/2015 | 12:36

Slaven Bilic has guided West Ham up to fourth in the Premier League
Slaven Bilic has guided West Ham up to fourth in the Premier League

West Ham may be the Premier League's second-highest scorers but Slaven Bilic wants them to adopt a shoot-on-sight policy - starting against Chelsea.

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The Hammers have rattled in 20 goals already this term - only Manchester City have more - with Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and even right-back Carl Jenkinson chipping in.

But ahead of Saturday's visit of the Blues, Upton Park boss Bilic said he wants his sharp shooters to take aim even more often, just like they do in training.

"I am happy with that part of our game, we are creating chances, we are playing well," he said.

"The only thing I would like the team to do more is shoot. Sometimes we are waiting too long in clear-cut situations which is not always necessary. Sometimes you need to try your luck.

"It's sometimes difficult to create the chances which will put you one-on-one against the goalkeeper, and we have the players who are very dangerous when they shoot in training from 20 or 25 yards. That's what I'd like to see us do more."

While Jose Mourinho's wilting champions will arrive in east London in a lowly 12th place, West Ham are flying high in fourth.

Bilic has so far tried to play down expectations at the club but, ahead of the cross-London clash, even the laid-back Croat admitted things are looking good so far.

"I don't know how long we can stay there, we're going to try to continue to play good, or better, and with a little bit of luck and if we stay away from injuries we have a chance in every game," he added.

"Where that will bring us in a couple of months, or at the end, I don't know.

"We are realistically optimistic. We are playing good; on one hand we can improve in all things but on the other we know this is the Premier League and every game is extremely difficult."

Chelsea are finally showing signs of life, having beaten Aston Villa last weekend before a battling goalless Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

"They played good game in Kiev, they were very solid, like the old Chelsea from last year," said Bilic.

"I watched the game, and I wasn't happy after the game because they looked really good as a team; they were sharp, with great individuals.

"Some of the performances from players who didn't play that good recently, they played really good. And they are Chelsea!"

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