David Moyes has spoken to the press ahead of our Europa Conference League clash against Silkeborg in Denmark.
The Hammers boss will be expecting a strong performance from a well-rested squad to continue our impressive European form this season so far.
“Silkeborg are a really good passing team,” the Irons manager told the clubs Official Website.
“I’ve actually seen it in a lot of Danish football at the moment, I have to say, I think Denmark is showing lots of traits very similar to maybe Holland in how they play.
“I think that the teams are all technically trying to do the right things to try and play in a good fashion, so we know that what we’re up against.
“The Premier League is at a huge technical level, but it’s also a very high level of tactical situations. Obviously, the Premier League is so tight, you might not get the chance to play so easily from the back so it’ll be different, it’ll be interesting and I think Silkeborg on their home pitch will be a test for us.”
The artificial pitch the hosts operate on is certainly a cause for concern for the boss, with the manager acutely aware that certain players are at risk if asked to play on the unfamiliar surface.
“As a player, I played in a plastic pitch for about three years,” said Moyes. “So I’ve got a good idea of what and how you can play and there are different ways and different philosophies of how it should be done and how you look at it.
“But I have to say I think in modern football nowadays, I don’t see the top level players really want to play on artificial pitches. I totally respect it because I think for young players, for development, for younger age groups, with the weather conditions which we have [in northern countries], and I’m from Scotland, so I know very well which how much artificial pitches are so important.
“I actually think when you get to top level football, we’re used to natural and we know that this will be different for us and we have to take this into consideration.”
The boss also reflected on an emotional night last week when the passing of Queen Elizabeth II was announced just before our match against FCSB at London Stadium.
“I thought it was a really difficult night and it probably showed up a little bit because the atmosphere was subdued,” added Moyes.
“The Club did a brilliant job in getting things correct and doing everything at the last minute, so it showed a lot.
“West Ham is a very British Club and because of that we supported our Queen and I thought they did a really good job.”