Hammers manager David Moyes has spoken ahead of our mammoth Europa League quarter final clash against Lyon in France, saying that our boys are ready and have a great chance of success tonight.
Its arguably the biggest night in the clubs recent history as we go up again the French side all square following the 1-1 draw in London.
Despite the obvious nerves being felt by all connected with the club today, we can go into this with our heads high and knowing if we put in the right displays, our Irons can book a place in the final 4 of the competition.
Moyes is understandably proud of his players, and has stressed that we go into this match in a powerful position following the gritted display in the game in East London.
“I think we’ve got a great chance,” stated Moyes.
“If you’d given me the quarter-final of the Europa League and 1-1 going into the second leg away from home, I’d have taken that off you all day long.
“I actually think that 1-1 at this stage of the competition is a really powerful position to be in and I think we’ve got a wee bit of toughness about us that I think we will show.
“We played for 45 minutes with ten men, so let’s see what we can do with eleven men.
“For West Ham, the Europa League has been a great thing.
“I remember last season in the run-in and we were thinking ‘I wonder if we could actually get into the Europa League’.
”Actually, the Europa Conference League was coming into consideration as well, and the thought of us being in Europe was fantastic.
“I remember when we got there and we were celebrating and it was a great feeling to get European football.
“We won our group, Lyon won their group, and we’ve both beaten teams who were knocked out of the Champions League. They’ve beaten Porto and we’ve beaten Sevilla, who are both really good teams in European football, and we’ve drawn the first game one-each.
“So, I think we’ve got to a stage where we’re saying this game could be really close, but for us it’s a great occasion. I don’t want it to go. I want us to remain in it. I want us to keep going.”
Moyes also reflected on the impact he and his team have had on the club, and says that he expects the club to keep growing on the progression made to date.
“West Ham have given me a great opportunity and I think West Ham is a Club with a lot of room to keep progressing and keep on getting better.
“Thankfully, we have got better quite quickly over a short period, but then you get put on the stage and that stage is Lyon away in a Europa League quarter-final, so the question is: ‘Can we step up and show our qualities? Can we show all the things we have shown in the English Premier League over the past two years?’
“If we do that, it’ll be a really good game on Thursday night.”