Michail Antonio: West Ham are 'going to win' their Europa League second leg v Frankfurt
West Ham striker Michail Antonio believes his side are “going to win” their Europa League semi-final second leg, despite losing 2-1 in Thursday evening’s first leg.
The Hammers succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat to the German side in front of a sold-out and expectant London Stadium.
Ansgar Knauff’s first-minute goal was cancelled by Antonio before Daicha Kamada finished off a free-flowing Frankfurt attack early in the second half.
The away side will take a slender lead back to Germany, but Antonio firmly believes the Hammers will still progress to the final.
Antonio told BT Sport: “We’re here to win it and we’re in it to win it.
“Another game to go, we’re going to win it and we are going to win everything.”
He added: “One thing with us, we believe we can beat anybody.
“We are going to go there and we are going to win.
Tough night for the Hammers
It was a far from ideal start to the night for West Ham, with Frankfurt taking a first-minute lead.
This was a match where David Moyes would want his side to be compact, hard to break down and resilient in the early stages.
The Irons certainly did well to get back into the game, but the away side displayed the moments of quality that are required at the top end of European competitions.
Frankfurt’s second goal was a wonderful free-flowing team move that allowed Daicha Kamada to tap into an empty net.
The Hammers could simply not replicate this level of quality on the night, with Jarrod Bowen’s stunning bicycle kick the closest the home side came to an equaliser.
However, although Antonio has been bold in his interview with BT Sport, you wouldn’t put it past this West Ham team getting a result in Germany.
They’ve come from behind against Sevilla and managed to gain the lead with ten men at home to Lyon.
Despite this poor performance, this team will feel they can go to Germany and get a result.
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