Slaven Bilic wants West Ham to hammer an early dent in Tottenham’s title ambitions.
Bilic’s side effectively ended their rivals’ hopes last season with a 1-0 win at the London Stadium in May.
With that derby victory still fresh in the mind, the Hammers boss wants a repeat performance against the team he concedes is the best footballing side in the Premier League.
Hammers defender Michail Antonio is a man who understands how much every game against Tottenham means to the West Ham support. “We wanna do this for the fans. We know it’s a massive game, it’s a very important day.”
West Ham grabbed their first win of the season at home to Huddersfield, battled to a goalless draw at West Brom and then eased past Bolton 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Bilic has seen the pressure surrounding his position ease following three games unbeaten, and three clean sheets. The gaffer added:
“For me they are the team that plays the most attractive football and for me they are definitely one of the contenders to win the league,” he said.
“They have patterns, they have individual quality, they have pace and they are a team building up for three years now, they are improving the team. That for me makes them maybe the best team, or the most attractive definitely.
“We always put a special kind of performance against them. Okay it is a derby and all that, and my wish and the key is to get those kind of performances whoever we play against.