David Moyes insists West Ham are in the Europa League to WIN it and ship their first European trophy since 1965… forward of opener towards Tottenham’s conquerors Dinamo Zagreb
- The membership’s solely main European trophy got here in the 1964-65 Cup Winners’ Cup
- An Alan Sealey brace noticed the Hammers defeat German facet 1860 Munich 2-0
- And David Moyes’ facet will play their first European match correct since 2006
- The veteran membership captain Mark Noble, 34, is predicted to begin in central midfield
Moyes promised on Wednesday there could be no underestimating Dinamo Zagreb as West Ham kickstart their marketing campaign with ambitions of following in the footsteps of final season’s victors Villarreal.
As a part of their preparation, Moyes and his analytical employees rewatched Zagreb’s dismantling of Tottenham six months in the past.
David Moyes has said his West Ham facet (pictured above) are in the Europa League to win it
Hammers supervisor Moyes was talking forward of the membership’s first European match for 15 years
A 3-0 defeat of Jose Mourinho’s facet noticed Spurs knocked out of Europe, however West Ham are concentrating on a better begin at the Stadion Maksimir.
This can be West Ham’s first European match correct since a 2006 UEFA Cup defeat by Palermo. Speaking about the scale of the event in Croatia final night time, Moyes mentioned: ‘This is new to us. All the issues that include it, we do not actually know.
‘We have watched Zagreb and we are very a lot conscious of their historical past. They will come into the recreation assured. This may very well be the hardest recreation, away from house, however we go into it with a match group of gamers.
‘We’re novices in this competitors so we’re trying ahead to seeing how we go. We’d like to nonetheless be in Europe after Christmas and New Year. I consider we have got a adequate squad who can problem and provides groups a recreation. So let’s hope we will show that over these six (group) video games.’
West Ham have a wholesome away allocation of two,000 on Thursday night time with followers having spent appreciable sums to assist their facet, together with paying for fit-to-fly Covid-19 exams, which may value greater than £150.
Moyes, whose facet are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, is cautious about overusing Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice, so has been contemplating turning to 34-year-old membership captain Mark Noble in midfield.
Noble appeared alongside Moyes at his press convention on Wednesday and mentioned West Ham have been in high quality type for a while, thanks largely to their boss. ‘We’re not used to being in the Europa League however we are used to profitable,’ Noble mentioned.
Club captain Mark Noble (proper) is predicted to begin in midfield as an alternative of rested Declan Rice
The 34-year-old (above) claimed the membership had been setting their sights past the Europa League
‘We’re used to having that profitable feeling and that is not one thing we wish to quit. I’ve seen some ups and downs however we have had a extremely stable two years. If you take a look at the supervisor’s Everton facet, I performed towards them many instances and it was a powerful, aggressive recreation.
‘Every time we take to the area we seem like we’re going to compete. This 12 months for us in the Europa League is incredible however why cannot we set our sights additional and maintain pushing on? We’ve signed some prime gamers. If we maintain the stable base, we will maintain progressing.
‘It’s been three, 4 months of pleasure trying ahead to who we draw in the group phases. We’re right here now. We’ve received a full squad, with no accidents. Everyone is right here and prepared to play. We’re nicely ready and actually enthusiastic about every thing.’
TV: Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham LIVE on BT Sport 2 from 5.15pm.
Expected West Ham facet (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Noble; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.