West Ham head coach David Moyes has opened up on the club they are scared to face in Europa League. The manager said he and his “new boys on the block” dare not dream about the prospect of a Europa League semi-final with Spanish giants Barcelona. The Hammers will meet Barca in the last four if the two clubs overcome Lyon and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.
David Moyes says His players Dare not Dream of Meeting Barcelona
David Moyes’ side host Lyon at London Stadium in Thursday’s quarter-final first leg. Moyes said: “We’re not looking any further than Lyon, they were in the Champions League semi-final two years ago. It would be crazy to look beyond this.”
He also said: “How could we dare? They are too big a club. We’re excited about getting to the quarter-final of a European competition. It’s a big deal for any club.” David Moyes also discounted the notion his side was favored against Lyon, despite beating record six-time winners Sevilla in the last 16.
About that he said it felt quite difficult [to believe] considering they are newcomers to the competition and Lyon have had loads of experience, he said most people would consider them a Champions League team and not even Europa League. He said: “We’re the new boys on the block [in Europe]. Lyon is a side who we’ve got big respect for – it’s not that long ago they were challenging the top teams.”