West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted that he has taken “risks” with his choice of team in the Europa League this season and insists that the club’s progress is a “credit to the players”.
The Hammers were already ready for the knockout stage before Thursday night’s win against Rapid Wien, but the result in Austria guaranteed them top place in the group with one match left.
This means that West Ham, while managing to retain a challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League, have won four out of five in Europe and have also kept a clean sheet of four.
“We did a good job, a professional job in the end,” Moyes told West Ham TV, after seeing goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble make a difference against Rapid.
“I think it’s not just this match, when I think about how well we have done in all the other matches, we have come from now for three matches and won two and drawn one. It is a good start and I see towards the last match now at home against Dinamo Zagreb and to see the group. “
West Ham will win Group H of the Europa League / Johann Schwarz / GettyImages
Moyes continued: “I would have taken our record with four wins out of five with four zeros in the beginning. It is a great honor for the players because we have sort of hacked and changed the team and taken some risks with our team choices.
“But I think we felt it was the right thing to do and the players have not let us down at all. The players have been fantastic, they have all contributed and I think it is really good for the squad and really good for the players.”
West Ham are back in action on Sunday when they face Manchester City in the Premier League.
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