Slaven Bilic: The Premier League needs to get over itself… There are good teams in Europe too

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic wants the Premier League to get over itself and realise minor European countries are catching up.

England endured a dismal opening week to this season’s Champions League after three defeats, Chelsea’s win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv the only redeeming result.

But Bilic rubbished claims of consternation after a chastening two days and was not shocked at problems on the continent.

‘Why are people so surprised when Manchester United loses a game against PSV? Man United is a bigger club and have a better team but many big clubs have lost at PSV,’ the West Ham manager said.

Bilic fielded a phone call from Dinamo Zagreb boss Zoran Mamic on how to topple Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger’s eventually going down 2-1 in the Croatian capital.

‘It isn’t a shock. You can lose in Zagreb,’ Bilic added. ‘It was a major surprise, the whole of Croatia is surprised, but it can happen.

‘They play football there as well. They are a decent team, unbeaten in 42 games.

‘I think they [England’s four teams] are going to qualify. That would be great and vital for the Premier League, but is it going to be easy for them? For Arsenal definitely not.’