Declan Rice has delivered his instant reaction to West Ham United drawing Sevilla in the Europa League last-16.
The Hammers were pulled out of the hat after Sevilla in the Europa League last-16 draw in Nyon this morning.
On paper, it was probably the toughest draw that West Ham could have got.
Sevilla are flying high in second place in La Liga at the moment, just six points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid.
They absolutely own the Europa League as well, having won the competition a record six times. They have won the UEL four times out of the last eight seasons.
But we are West Ham. And on our day, we can beat anybody.
Declan Rice delivers instant reaction to West Ham Sevilla Europa League Draw
The Hammers will face Sevilla at The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on March 10th in the first leg of our Europa League last-16 time before welcoming the Spanish side to the London Stadium for the second leg a week later.
David Moyes will know that he has players who can cause Sevilla all sorts of problems, however.
The likes of Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma should all be able to ask some serious questions of the Spaniards.
And Rice delivered his instant reaction to the Europa League Draw against Sevilla, when speaking to Hammers supporting rapper Guvna B on an Instagram live video for West Ham United’s official Instagram account:
“We were training, we start at 11. Stuart Pearce came out and said at the top of his voice that it was Sevilla. When we finished training we took it in and they’re a massive club, it’s going to be a tough tie but if we want to compete with the best and test ourselves against the best then we’ve got beat the best. We’re all excited, all the lads and the manager and of course the fans are looking forward to it.”
That’s exactly the kind of fighting talk we want to hear from our captain.
Everyone involved with West Ham United understands that we really have our work cut-out if we are to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
We have missed nights like these though. What a night it will be under the lights at the London Stadium in three week’s time.
And to those travelling out to Seville in two weeks, well…it’s just the stuff of dreams isn’t it.
If the West Ham players show up and put in a top-class performance, there is no reason why we can’t progress through to the next round of the competition.