Juventus friendly was a good test, says Bilic

Slaven Bilic said that the friendly with Juventus was a good test for his West Ham side

Juventus friendly was a good test, says Bilic
Above: Slaven Bilic on the touchline in West Ham's 3-2 defeat to Juventus | Photo: PA

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has said that the side's friendly with Juventus was a good test, despite the 3-2 defeat.

Late goal sours stadium opening

It had all the workings of a glorious afternoon, as the Hammers looked to officially open the Olympic Stadium with the Italian champions.

Massimiliano Allegri's were devastating in the first period, with quick fire goals from Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.

A brace from Andy Carroll brought things level, but a late goal from Simone Zaza saw them defeated. However, Bilic still believes it was a good test.

He told whufc.com:“It was a good test for us" but admitted "we started sloppily – we hit the post after 15 minutes but they are a top class team and if you are on the back foot and give them a yard, they can pass the ball and play football."

He continued:“It was much more aggressive, we made it harder for them and Andy scored his type of goals. They are of course very important for us and he is great for us" and "we thought it was going to end 2-2, but then we conceded one that from our point of view was too easy and sloppy."

Bilic concluded: "It was a packed Stadium against one of the biggest clubs and best teams in Europe" and Bilic believed “it was a good test for us and great to see the fans filling our Stadium again.” 

Above: Andy Carroll celebrating one of his two goals in West Ham's 3-2 defeat to Juventus | Photo: PA
Above: Andy Carroll celebrating one of his two goals in West Ham's 3-2 defeat to Juventus | Photo: PA

Good day all around

One of the positives to take from the result was the goals from Carroll, whose tenure with the Hammers has been dogged by injury.

However the striker seems to be fighting fit once again, and he shared his delight at the afternoon.

He said: "I think it was perfect for the players, the fans and the Club and great for everyone involved."

Carroll concluded: “It was a good day, the fans came out and were great in the lovely weather" and admitted "it was nice to get scoring goals in this stadium as soon as possible and get a feel for it. It was good for the fans who turned up, too."

West Ham United will take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday, August 15 with kick-off at 8pm BST.