Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has just made a quite stunning Europa League claim about West Ham United ahead of tonight’s huge clash.
The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Sevilla in The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium last Thursday in the first-let of our last-16 Europa League tie.
West Ham welcome the La Liga side to the London Stadium tonight for the second-leg for what is arguably our most important game since we lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup final way back in 2006.
The Hammers players proved that they are more than a match for Sevilla in Spain last week and now it’s down to them to perform and produce the goods tonight at the London Stadium.
The Europa League clash between West Ham and Sevilla will be a great spectacle tonight and the bowl should be absolutely rocking. Sevilla won’t be relishing playing against us that’s for sure, and their manager has alluded to just how strong we are as a team.
Julen Lopetegui speaks ahead of West Ham vs Sevilla Europa League clash
The Sevilla boss will have known that this would not be an easy tie for his team when the draw was made in Nyon at the end of last month.
The pace and intensity with which English teams operate at can prove to be quite problematic for Spanish sides.
The West Ham players have to make it incredibly hard for Sevilla in the huge Europa League clash tonight and get right in their faces from the very first whistle.
We didn’t want to draw Sevilla and they wouldn’t have wanted to draw us.
Lopetegui was speaking to reporters last night and shared how West Ham were the hardest Europa League draw that his team could have been dealt, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“West Ham were the best team we could have been drawn against and they’ve been playing at a very high level for two years. They’ll make life hard for us – we both want that ticket for the quarter-finals.”
Tonight has the potential to be a really memorable occasion for the West Ham fans.
With the London Stadium rocking, we should be able to make it a really tough evening for the Sevilla players.
Having beaten Aston Villa on Sunday, the players should be high on confidence. And if the likes of Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are passed fit for tonight’s game, we think David Moyes has a great chance of guiding his side through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
COYI…let’s make it a special night for everyone involved with West Ham United.