West Ham supervisor David Moyes insists his facet “have a job to do” forward of their second-leg tie towards AEK Larnaca within the Europa Conference League.
A spot within the quarter-finals is at stake, however the Hammers go into Thursday’s match on the London Stadium with a 2-0 lead from the primary leg and they are going to be trying to lengthen their unbeaten spell in Europe having gained all seven of their video games within the competitors to date.
West Ham aren’t any strangers to European knock-out soccer after they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League final 12 months, however Moyes is decided his facet should profit from the chance forward of them.
“It sure is a good opportunity,” he informed a pre-match press convention.
“It’s something which we worked really hard for last year. We finished seventh in the league which got us to the Conference League and we’re enjoying it.
“We’ve enjoyed our trips to Europe, we enjoyed the result last week.
“We’ve got a job to do on Thursday night to make sure we’ve got the job done and finished off and if we can do that then we’d reach the quarter-final of another European competition for two years in a row so it’s important, it really is.
“It would be great (to reach the quarter-finals) it’s the first thing you have to do.
“The big thing we really want is to get to the final, but we can’t do that unless we get to the quarter-finals first and we have to be focused completely on doing that job.”
Michail Antonio’s double ensured West Ham take the benefit going into Thursday’s tie, however Moyes confirmed that the ahead shall be unavailable by harm alongside Vladimir Coufal.
“Vladimir Coufal has still got a problem with his foot and Micky Antonio has just got a bit of a calf injury which he picked up in Cyprus last week,” Moyes mentioned.
“I couldn’t tell you when I expect both of them to return as I’m not sure yet.”
Thursday gives a chance for Gianluca Scamacca following feedback from Moyes on the weekend insisting that the striker’s “physical data” wanted to be higher.
Scamacca signed for the membership from Sassuolo final 12 months and is predicted to start out towards Larnaca, however Moyes added that it takes time for gamers to regulate to the calls for of the Premier League.
“I think we find that everyone who comes to the Premier League has to get used to the level of intensity – it’s not anybody from Italy and it’s not just Gianluca,” he mentioned.
“You hear me, but you certainly hear other managers say it takes players time to adjust to the levels of the Premier League but also the speed and intensity and the regular demands of the Premier League.”