David Moyes hopes West Ham discovered from final season’s Europa League semi-final as they put together to face AZ Alkmaar on Thursday for a spot within the Europa Convention League remaining.
The Hammers head to Eredivisie aspect AZ with a one-goal lead after successful the primary leg 2-1 on the London Stadium final week.
The winner of the tie will meet both Basel or Fiorentina within the remaining on June 7, with West Ham aiming to go additional than final yr after seeing their Europa League dream come to an finish with Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We took quite a bit out of it,” Moyes mentioned in his pregame press convention on Wednesday. “We needed to beat Sevilla and Lyon to get to Eintracht Frankfurt. We felt we had put ourselves in an excellent place. Our type was good and it felt good to win the sport.
“On the finish of the day, possibly a little bit of lack of expertise from being at this stage of the competitors may have taken its toll on us. Hopefully we are able to study from that, enhance a bit and all of us actually hope we are able to go one step additional and make it to the ultimate.
“The gamers are normally extra skilled. You need to keep in mind that West Ham hadn’t been to Europe for I do not know what number of years earlier than final yr. It was our first yr and we sailed more often than not. in a great way. We did just about the identical factor this yr, we sailed very effectively to get thus far within the competitors.
“We are actually up towards a tricky opponent who’ve performed towards excellent groups and knocked out excellent groups from the competitors. There aren’t any ensures in soccer, it’s important to win it and we now have to win it.”
Moyes is the one supervisor of an England crew to win at Alkmaar after guiding Everton to victory in 2007 towards Louis Van Gaal’s aspect – and expects a tricky problem.
“Alkmaar performed very effectively, not simply within the sport towards us, however I noticed them in others,” he mentioned. “They’re doing remarkably effectively within the Dutch league and have been doing so for a couple of years.
“It is going to be fairly an open sport. Alkmaar confirmed once they had been behind earlier than what they had been able to, we’re unbeaten away in Europe. All these issues added collectively make it an fascinating sport.”
Michail Antonio, who missed Sunday’s defeat at Brentford, and Vladamir Coufal, who has missed the final three matches, have each traveled with the group and have “an opportunity to play”.
With the survival of the Premier League all however confirmed, an opportunity to achieve the ultimate and win the competitors stays the final likelihood to qualify for Europe subsequent season.
“It could be big if we may remake Europe,” Moyes mentioned. “It could be three years in a row for West Ham in an extremely aggressive league. To do it three years in a row could be nice, however first we now have to navigate a semi-final. We’re taking part in towards an excellent crew, an excellent crew soccer and we should attempt to do the job that must be completed.
“I’ve mentioned many instances that while you attempt to construct and develop a soccer membership, it does not all the time go in a single course. Generally it’s important to have setbacks, it does not all the time go the best way you need it to. however being in Europe, primarily for the supporters, the membership and everybody concerned, it has been an incredible journey that we now have had, this season and final season.
“Being within the semi-finals of the Europa League final yr and dropping to Eintracht Frankfurt was a terrific experience for us. This yr we discovered ourselves in one other semi-final. It takes work. Gamers have completed a superb job over the previous two years doing this.
West Ham’s remaining fixtures
Might 18: AZ Alkmar (A) – Europa Convention League, kick-off 8 p.m.
Might 21: Leeds (H) – Premier League, kick-off 1:30 p.m., dwell sky sports activities
Might 28: Leicester Metropolis (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30 p.m.
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