David Moyes has spoken to the media ahead of our first Europa Conference Group B match against FCSB at London Stadium tonight.
The Hammers boss is understandably delighted and proud to be leading West Ham again into European football after a memorable journey last season.
“It’s brilliant for us,” exclaimed the boss. “It really is. You work hard all last season to try and qualify for Europe.
“We have had unbelievable support at London Stadium. For a lot of the games in Europe last year, we had full houses for them – because they are such big nights for West Ham. Last season, we had some fabulous atmospheres in the stadium.
“I see this as two years in European football – I don’t think West Ham have done it back-to-back for I don’t know how long. We see it as part of the growth.
“I would like to be in the Champions League – and let’s be fair for long periods last season we were competing for the Champions League spot.”
Moyes knows that tonight will not be a walk in the park, and has stated that a lot of work as usual has gone into the preparations for the match.
“Obviously, we have watched a lot of games. We have tried to get a better idea and understanding of FCSB. We know they have probably had a difficult start in the league but overall if you finish second in your league.
“A bit like us, we finished very strongly last year but have not started the league as well. We have recognised one or two players but I’m not going to tell you who that is.”
The manager is also looking to use the match to get the new summer arrivals further up to speed, having already noticing the big impact that Lucas Paqueta is likely to have.
“I think that sometimes the players that come from South America are quite tough physically,” added Moyes.
“His background where he has come from and shown you had to stand up and be strong enough and tough enough. It is a really good sign because in the Premier League you need to have a bit of that in you.
“He looks quite a robust player. I think if you look at his playing record over the years, he has played 40+ games just about in the last three four years wherever he has been. His playing record is pretty good as far as injury goes.”