West Ham manager David Moyes is hoping his side’s great climb can continue when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. He believes the second leg is one of the most important games in the history of the club. West Ham beat their opponents the last time they faced each other in the semi-final of the 1976 Cup Winners’ Cup.
“When you get this close. You are thinking. ‘Is this my turn? Is this my chance?’ I have to hope this is my turn,” West Ham boss David Moyes said. “I don’t want to go back and I don’t know anyone who wants to go back. I want people to see a new West Ham. A young team with people like Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice who are huge stars. I want the young supporters to wear jerseys and support them. In the past, there have been greats like Trevor Brooking who have been talked about by the older generation but I hope the future generation will come and watch this team at a bigger stadium, hopefully, games like tomorrow and a game may be in Seville will help that.”
“This is what the players want and what we want. For two years we’ve been watching with nobody in the stadiums. Football is for the supporters and we want them to make a great atmosphere,” he added. “Any player, anybody who’s played football will tell you the semi-final of European competition is huge for anybody. I want to take the team to the final. We believe that if we get it right we can do so, so we have to manage that. It would be special. It would be even better if it were the final! He wants it to be the final. The biggest thing is that he enjoys it, and for me that we get to the final.”