Former Croatian international and national team coach Slaven Bilic, who is now in charge of Turskish club Besiktas, received a warm welcome as he returned to his home club Hajduk Split on Thursday night.
Bilic was greeted by applause by the Poljud crowd ahead of his sides 2:1 victory over Hajduk Split in Thursday’s friendly. The former Hajduk Split centre back and one-time coach said that he was glad to be back ‘home’.
“I am glad to be home. It is always nice coming back home (to Split),” said Bilic, who complemented Hajduk Split coach Igor Tudor on what has been a ‘fantastic’ season to date for Hajduk Split. Bilic also found time to talk about Croatia, the team he was in charge of not so long ago, and their chances ahead of tonight’s clash with Belgium.
“If we beat Belgium then they go into their last match under pressure. No one can give up hope. The Belgium’s are good, but we have a good team and we know how to play under pressure, which we have shown already. I will watch as a fan, I want them to win like any Croat who wishes their national team to do well,” said Bilic before flying back to Turkey.