Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has suggested that West Ham are the most complete team realigning in the Europa League.
The Hammers were drawn against Sevilla in the Europa League last-16 on Friday in Nyon.
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It was undoubtedly the hardest draw that West Ham could have been given. Let’s be clear here though, Sevilla would not have wanted to be drawn against us either.
David Moyes has worked wonders since taking over at the London Stadium for the second time back in December 2019.
West Ham finished sixth in the Premier League table last season and we are currently occupying fifth position in the table.
These really are great times to be a Hammer.
Moyes will take his side to The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium to take on Sevilla for the Europa League first-leg tie next Thursday before welcoming them to the London Stadium for the second-leg the following week.
And it seems as though we will be rolling into Sevilla as very much a feared opposition.
Europa League Sevilla West Ham clash: Lopetegui makes big claim
The Spaniards are heavy favourites to progress through to he quarter-finals of the Europa League.
They have won the competition a record six times and have lifted the trophy four out of the last eight years.
Lopetegui suggested that West Ham are in fact the most complete side remaining in the Europa League, however, when speaking to El Larguero:
“We have the dream of the Europa League. We got West Ham, which is the most complete team in the draw.”
That really is a great endorsement from he Sevilla manager. And he’s not the first person to comment on our strengths ahead of the Europa League last-16 knockout ties next week.
Atalanta General manager Umberto Marino told Football Italia how West Ham are a team that should be feared:
“Along with West Ham, they (Bayer Leverkusen) are the strongest team. It’s nice to face strong teams, it’s an incentive, it will be a spectacle.”
We can be under no illusions though. The Spaniards are without doubt the best team remaining in the Europa League.
Sevilla are currently sitting in second spot in the La Liga table, just six points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid.
They play some truly exceptional football and have a high quality squad full of top-class players.
As mentioned earlier though, Sevilla will not relish playing against West Ham in the Europa, especially if we play with the pace and intensity that we’re used to in the Premier League.
The Hammers have plenty of match-winners as well and it should be a really entertaining contest between the English and Spanish sides next week.