By Daniel Feliciano

4th May, 2022 | 8:10am

Ray Parlour says West Ham United set for 'magnificent' season if they beat Frankfurt in Europa League

Ray Parlour believes West Ham must play ‘a lot better’ to beat Frankfurt on Thursday, but says they’ve had a ‘magnificent’ season regardless.

The Hammers head into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final in Germany with a 2-1 deficit, knowing winning the tournament is their only remaining hope of playing Champions League football next season.

But speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show [May 4th, 6:36am], Parlour said that David Moyes’ side are capable of winning the tie if they’re on their ‘A-game’ but admitted it’s a ‘real hard’ competition to win.

“I think it’s been a great run for West Ham, I really do,” he said.

“I think they’ve enjoyed every single European trip. They like going abroad, hasn’t happened for quite a while. I think it’s been a very good season if I’m being honest.

“I think West Ham fans will be delighted with how it’s going, but there’s still a long way to go in their season as well.

“That’s why David Moyes put a pretty strong side out against Arsenal, because he was thinking ‘well if we can beat Arsenal then we’ve still got that 6th place, which gets us European football next year’, which is very important for them.

“They’ve got to believe they can beat Frankfurt away and make it to that final. If they can, it will be magnificent season won’t it? To get to the final of a major competition, with some good teams in it by the way.

“It’s a real hard trophy to win and if they can do it, it will be magnificent and what a season they would have had. It’ll be an electric atmosphere.

“Lets hope West Ham can turn up and get the result they need, because they didn’t really play well in that first leg. I think they can play a lot a lot better.

“So if they can play to their A-game, which they’ve done a lot this season, they beat Liverpool at home, then they’ve got every chance.”

Huge

This is the cup final of the season before the cup final. West Ham must win the game if they want to stay any chance of their season not ending a few weeks early.

The top four race in the Premier League is done at this point, with the Hammers having prioritised this cup run since reaching the semi-finals and rightly so.

But now after defeat at home last week, they have a mountain of a task to topple the Bundesliga club that got here by thrashing Barcelona in the last round.

Parlour is spot on about the first leg too. The team didn’t play particularly well and looked shellshocked after conceding inside the first minute of the game, but that can’t happen again.

They need to be at their best defensively to stop Frankfurt scoring and they need to be sharp in attack to ensure they take advantage of any chances. It’s comfortably the biggest game of the Moyes era.

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