‘I don’t see that at all’ was the verdict of Frank Lampard when a suggestion over West Ham and Europe was put to him before facing his old club.
West Ham are back in action against former Hammer Lampard’s relegation-threatened Everton on Sunday.
But the Premier League game is first up and is massive for both West Ham and Everton for very different reasons.
Moyes’s boys will be desperate to get back to winning ways in their pursuit of a top six spot after the 3-1 defeat to Spurs last time out.
Everton meanwhile need every point they can get in their battle to stave off relegation.
West Ham go into the game as favourites, with 10 places separating them and the Toffees in the table.
But the match comes just four days before West Ham’s huge Europa League quarter-final first against Lyon at the London Stadium.
It is being billed as one of West Ham’s biggest games for over 40 years.
But Lampard rejects a West Ham Europa League distraction suggestion put to him by reporters ahead of his clash with David Moyes.
‘I don’t see that at all’ Frank Lampard rejects West Ham Europa League distraction suggestion
“I see that and I understand it (the suggestion West Ham could be distracted by the Lyon game) but I also think that from my experience of going into big games and playing on the Thursday afterwards, there’ll be competition from the players of wanting to show their manager that they deserve to play in that (big European) game,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.
“They also have things to fight for in the league in terms of where they come.
“They also have a very manager who is very driven and very pushy, as you should be.
“So I don’t expect a drop off for that reason, I don’t see that, I don’t at all.
“That’s not in my train of thought.”