West Ham ace Declan Rice spoke to reporters after last night’s incredible win over Sevilla and shared what he told Tomas Soucek prior to kick-off.
The Hammers were quite brilliant at the London Stadium last night and thoroughly deserved our 2-0 win over the La Liga side.
David Moyes would have been delighted with the manner in which his West Ham players handled the game and subsequently controlled proceedings against what is a very good Sevilla side.
Declan Rice was his usual brilliant self but in truth, every single Hammers player to a man put in top-class performances.
Tomas Soucek got the all important first goal and it was great to see him back on the score-sheet again. The 27-year-old has played in more of a defensive role this season but when given the license to get forward it is obvious to see just how effective he can be.
Declan Rice lifts lid on advice he gave Soucek before West Ham beat Sevilla
The Czech Republic international rose high to nod home in the 39th minute to break the deadlock in last night’s game.
It was a vital goal because it then prevented Sevilla from time wasting and using the so-called ‘dark arts’ to get through the tie.
It was a position that Soucek hasn’t found him himself in too much this season.
And Rice told WHUFC why his teammate got forward more last night:
“What a header from Tomáš. It was good because Manu and I were playing a little bit deeper, trying to control the game. We just said to Tom to get on in there and get in the box, which is what he’s best at. And what a header. A proper European header that will catch the eyes for years.”
We strongly believe that West Ham are a better team when Soucek gets forward and Rice and Lanzini play in the slightly deeper roles.
Soucek is rendered somewhat ineffective when he plays just in front of the back four. The total opposite can be said when he plays further up the pitch though.
Hopefully David Moyes sticks with that particular setup between now and the end of the season. West Ham now have the blueprint for success and our fate this term is very much in our own hands.