West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has guided the Hammers to fourth in the Premier League table after nine games – but the Croatian says it’s too early to start making predictions about what happens next.
Before the mouth-watering London derby at home to an inconsistent Chelsea side on Saturday afternoon, Bilic said the east Londoners weren’t getting ahead of themselves.
Bilic said: “We’re going to try to continue to play good or better. With a little bit of luck and keeping injuries to a minimum then we have a chance in every game. Where that will bring us in a couple of months I don’t know. We’re realistically optimistic. We are playing well but we can improve in every area.
“However – this is the Premier League and every game is extremely difficult. Every game is very dangerous.”
Despite a strong start to the 2015/16 campaign, the Irons have just won one home game so far this season – a comfortable 2-0 win against Newcastle United.
Nevertheless Bilic believes their fortunes will turn.
“We have to improve on our home form because it’s a matter of getting results,” said the 46-year-old.
“We had three bad first half performances against Leicester City, Bournemouth and Norwich but we have played some good stuff. We have the patience away from home and we’ve scored goals at the right time.
"We’re looking to approach the game on Saturday in the same way. But we do have to improve our home form because not only would it be good for us but it would be necessary.”
West Ham will be without influential players Victor Moses and Winston Reid.
Winger Moses – who has made a bright start to his loan spell – is ineligible to play against his parent club while central defender Reid will remain on the sidelines with a slight knock on his knee.
Despite the Stamford Bridge side’s woes manager Jose Mourinho will take heart from West Ham’s home derby record – they have lost their last three.