West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini is looking forward to coming up against his old mate Gonzalo Montiel during our Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday night.
The Hammers are all set to play our biggest game since the FA Cup final back in 2006 on Thursday night.
The last-16 draw against Sevilla has given us a truly great couple of nights to look forward to. Having said that, the La Liga side were undoubtedly the hardest team that we could have been drawn against.
At the same time though, Sevilla will not be relishing playing against us either. West Ham have proven that we are more than capable of beating the very best teams in world football this season.
The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United will all attest to that.
David Moyes has a very strong group of players at his disposal at the London Stadium. And the players should be relishing the chance to go to The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on Thursday night.
It seems as though one Hammer is particularly looking forward to the Europa League clash…
Lanzini looking forward to Sevilla vs West Ham clash
The 29-year-old Argentinian ace has been a key player for the Hammers this season and he will almost certainly start the game against Sevilla on Thursday.
Lanzini is really looking forward to playing against one of his old teammates.
The South American explained how close he is to numerous Sevilla players, including one-time West Ham transfer target Gonzalo Montiel, as quoted by The Evening Standard:
“I have a lot of friends there. There are a lot of Argentinean players at Sevilla. I’ve played with all of them, and it’s going to be good to see them again. Montiel, Gómez, Acuña … I played with Lamela, Montiel and Ocampos at River Plate, and the other boys I played in the national team. They’re really very good guys. It’s going to be good to see them again.”
Sevilla ended up signing him for around £8 million though (Mundo Albiceleste).
Montiel has really impressed with the La Liga side and the fact that we didn’t sign the 25-year-old may well come back to haunt us on Thursday.
Hopefully Lanzini produces the goods on Thursday night and outshines his former teammate. The 29-year-old has the ability to cause Sevilla all sorts of problems.
COYI…let’s make it a night to remember in Seville.