West Ham boss David Moyes shared what his scouts told him about Rapid Vienna when speaking to reporters last night.
And it should be great news for the Hammers, considering what has happened over the past week or so.
West Ham are currently sitting at the top of our Europa League group.
A win tonight against Rapid Vienna would confirm our place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Hammers fans were left very disappointed last week when news emerged that our traveling fans were banned from attending the game at the Allianz Stadion due to the behaviour of a select few during our last Europa League Group H game away in Genk.
Then, not long after, it was announced that home fans would not be able to attend either because of a nationwide lockdown in Austria.
David Moyes scouting admission very good news for West Ham ahead of Rapid Vienna clash
A win tonight in Vienna is absolutely vital. It will mean that Moyes can then pick a completely second string side against Dinamo Zagreb for our final game of the group stages.
In what is our busiest period of the season, that could end up being invaluable.
And David Moyes made an admission last night that proves we should have more of a chance of winning tonight’s game than we might have done, had the ground been full.
Moyes told Football.London:
“This is the last away game. We were really looking forward to seeing a full crowd here because I’d heard a lot about it. I’m disappointed our supporters couldn’t come. We’ve still got work to do. The scouts who came out here to watch said the crowd were fantastic and the atmosphere in the stadium was great.”
Without Vienna’s hostile crowd cheering them on, West Ham surely have a good chance of leaving the Austrian capital with maximum points.
Sure, we are a team with little experience of playing in Europe.
We have so much quality, however, and our team is far superior to Rapid Vienna’s, certainly on paper.
And the fact that tonight’s game will be played in an empty stadium should stand us in great stead.