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Banished Bilic backs Besiktas to win


Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic. Photo: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic. Photo: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic. Photo: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Slaven Bilic is backing his Besiktas team to flourish despite his touchline ban as he plots a famous victory over Arsenal at the Emirates tonight.

Bilic will missing from the Turks' dugout for the Champions League second-leg qualifier after being sent to the stands for arguing with referee Milorad Mazic in Istanbul.

"It's not ideal of course. I regret it and would love to be down there with the boys," the Besiktas boss said.

"But I don't see a huge problem in it. We have prepared our gameplan and I have a big belief in my assistants and they'll do the job there."

Arsenal are favourites to secure a 17th successive campaign in the group stage of the Champions League but Bilic insists Besiktas have been flooded with self-belief after holding the Gunners to a stalemate at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

"We know it will be a massive game for us and after Istanbul it became big for them. A goalless draw was a positive result," Bilic said.

"We showed in our performance in the first leg that we're capable of giving them a game.

"We played well and weren't totally happy with the result. We deserved to win. But still the result is very positive and we're full of hope for the second leg, although we know we're playing one of the biggest clubs in the world on their home soil.

"But we are full of confidence, especially after the first game. We have a dream and we'll do everything to fulfill it. Before the game maybe our players doubted a little bit because they haven't played so much against the big guns, but after the game we're very confident.

"We have a good team that is full of energy and playing for each other and trying to play good football."