West Ham Europa League draw against Sevilla 'pick of the round' - David Moyes
West Ham United have found out the identity of their Europa League adversary’s in the round of 16 with a trip to Sevilla on the schedule.
The Irons will take on six-time Europa League winners in a two-legged affair, with the first at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where the final will also be hosted.
Having topped their group, West Ham didn’t need to play in the playoff round as Los Nervionenses did having been knocked out of the Champions League.
They managed to scrape past Dinamo Zagreb, who were in the Irons’ group, and David Moyes is excited to take on such esteemed opposition.
“I think it’s the pick of the round,” he said, as quoted by the Independent. “Sevilla have been unbelievable in winning the competition. They’re probably the form side in Spain after Real Madrid at the moment.
“It’s a really tough game, but we want to test ourselves against the best.
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“We’ve played well in Europe and we’ll take big support to Seville and really look forward to it.
“This is the sort of level you want to be competing at, with European football after Christmas, and we’re going into a really exciting period and one we’ve not been in for a long period as a football club.”
All the way
This is the make or break portion of West Ham’s season with key Premier League games mixed in between the Europa League games to create a rather hectic schedule.
The Hammers are still in the FA Cup too having escaped from Kidderminster with an extra-time win.
While a treble is mathematically possible for Moyes’ side, there is no world in which they all of a sudden climb the Premier League table and beat Manchester City to the title, as much as it is nice to dream of such a scenario.
But there could easily be a double on the cards at the London Stadium if they sacrifice their league position.
Rotation and resting players in the league would allow full focus on trying to win the Europa League and FA Cup which would be far more memorable to supporters than finishing fourth or fifth.
It’s tough to throw in the towel on the league but for the chance to win two trophies, it’s a risk well worth taking.
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