He said: "I follow the Irish team and I know everything about them. They play very good football but it is very simple so, objectively, they are not such a heavy team to analyse.
"Maybe they will surprise us. They play one way. I don't know if they can surprise us.
"I don’t want to spend any more words about the Irish team They are not top team but I said everything.
"We still have to play against Italy and Spain. We are focused a lot. What we are thinking about is to play our best, to do our best. It's three matches.
Talk about your bulletin board material. It is unfortunate to hear such arrogant drivel spewed by a manager who I have a lot of respect for. In the end, though, it's not at all surprising. This team, & really Irish people in general, have been persistently underestimated, but in the end we overachieve & see it thru. So go ahead Mr. Bilic look on past Ireland, you're doing so at your own peril. Will love it when the BiG smacks down this cocky twat tomorrow, he will lift to eat his words.