Hammers boss David Moyes has made a major plea to West Ham fans over his big Sevilla fear ahead of the huge Europa clash.
West Ham face one of their biggest games in recent history when Sevilla come to the London Stadium for the Europa League last 16 second leg clash at 8pm.
The tie is delicately poised. West Ham must overturn a 1-0 deficit in order to advance to the quarter-finals where they would be hard pressed to draw anyone as difficult as their Spanish opponents.
As West Ham fans know only too well by now, Sevilla are six-time winners of this competition so their pedigree is there for all to see.
While West Ham were beating in-form Aston Villa 2-1 at the weekend, Sevilla’s La Liga title challenge was killed off with a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano as Real Madrid went 10 points clear by beating Mallorca 3-0.
West Ham fans will be doing their bit tonight to make sure the London Stadium is rocking.
The Hammers must overturn a 1-0 deficit if they want to make the quarter-finals.
It will be no easy task but far from unthinkable given the quality of the opposition West Ham have already beaten in the Premier League this season.
As kick-off looms, though, West Ham’s manager has a message for Hammers supporters who will be attending in record numbers after Sevilla only took 1,000 of their allotted allocation.
In fact Moyes has made a major plea to West Ham fans over his big Sevilla fear.
And that is for West Ham’s 59,000 supporters to not only create a hostile atmosphere for Sevilla but also remain patient with his players as the visitors inevitably try to waste time, draw fouls and frustrate their hosts.
“I’m sure our players will be nervous tomorrow night as well, and I hope they are, because it also gives you the adrenaline rush to realise how important the game is,” Moyes said ahead of the game (whufc.com).
“We’ll have to play with great maturity, understanding exactly different moments in the game – when we have to be careful, when we’ve got a chance to go for it – but I hope the supporters are right with us, which I’m sure they will be…
“I hope that the way we play gets the crowd up, but sometimes you need the crowd to lift the players as well.
“We’re going to play against a side who’s going to make it difficult. They’ll probably disrupt the game at times and play in a different way, so we’re going to need the crowd to see that as well.
“Our mentality, knowing how to manage the game and knowing when we need to play at different speeds and how we need to do that… for us, I’m hoping that we can show some level of experience doing that, but it’s still early for us.”