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'That's the best way': Leeds man Victor Orta tells Sevilla exactly how to beat West Ham

Leeds chief Victor Orta has given some advice to Sevilla on how to beat West Ham United in the Europa League tomorrow.

Orta, the Director of Football at Elland Road, has plenty of experience in seeing his team play against West Ham.

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Leeds beat us at the London Stadium earlier this year in a five-goal thriller.

And Sevilla will try to emulate the Whites when they head to the London Stadium tomorrow for the second-leg of the Europa League last-16 tie with the Hammers.

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The La Liga side beat West Ham 1-0 at The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium last Thursday but the tie is still finely poised with a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League still very much up for grabs for both sides.

And Sevilla have been told the best way to go about beating us tomorrow…

Victor Orta offers advice to Sevilla ahead of West Ham Europa League clash

The Hammers players will be well up for it at the London Stadium tomorrow night. David Moyes will undoubtedly instruct his team to get right in the faces of the Sevilla players and generally make it a very tough evening for the Spanish side.

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui will surely be well aware of what to expect from West Ham.

And if he wasn’t, he certainly will be now…

Leeds chief Victor Orta outlined exactly what Sevilla should be expecting from the Hammers tomorrow night, when speaking exclusively to ABC Sevilla (print edition Wednesday March 16th, page 62):

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“I think the first leg described a lot of what West Ham is. A team that doesn’t blush about defending, for going back with almost seven or eight players behind the ball and playing a clearly counterattacking game system, with a type of direct game with Michail Antonio in which they use a lot of second plays and with a clear plan in which they try to take advantage of their physical superiority in set pieces. I think that Sevilla were very good in the first leg. They were patient. I think that’s the best way to counter West Ham. You have to be sure with the ball in your own field, not make absurd mistakes because they always release several players in the offensive zone. They also hurt by pressing them in a high block, since they lack quality to get the ball out to the central defenders. Also, I think the most important thing is not to give anything away so that they are able to make a quick transition for you. And then, as always in Europe, it is important to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes and not make them. In any case, I think that what West Ham are doing has a lot of merit. This league is very complicated. And to be fighting with the top six, and they have been doing it for two years now, I think it is very relevant and has a lot of merit.

Tomorrow night will be a memorable one for every single West Ham fan across the globe.

Let’s hope that we have good memories to take away from the game rather than bad ones though…

The West Ham players proved that they are more than a match for Sevilla last week. And despite what Orta says, there is a lot more to our game than just being physical. We have proven that plenty of times this season.

There has been enough talking now. It’s time for the Hammers players to produce the goods on the pitch. And hopefully they are so good that the advice given to Sevilla from Leeds man Orta will not make any difference whatsoever.

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