Speaking to Football Insider, former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been left ‘delighted’ for West Ham following the draw for the Europa League round of 16.
The Lowdown: West Ham draw Sevilla in Europa League…
As confirmed, the Hammers and David Moyes are set for a real blockbuster clash in March following Friday’s developments.
Indeed, the round of 16 Europa League draw has pitted West Ham against La Liga giants Sevilla, the most successful club in the competition’s history.
Having clinched the trophy a record six times, double that of the joint-second most successful teams in the tournament (Transfermarkt), Moyes and co will face a stern test against the Spanish side, but Kenny insists that the draw is actually good news for the Irons.
The Latest: Kenny thrilled…
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League goalkeeper claimed that the high-profile encounter is exactly what West Ham qualified for in the first place, saying:
“That’s why you challenge to get into Europe.
“Incredible, what a game that will be for both sets of fans. It’s a massive game and probably the toughest they could have got.
“But that’s why they are here, you want to test yourself against the best and these guys are the best in this competition.
“I’m already looking forward to that. They have some huge players there.
“Martial is there but West Ham will know how to play against him.
“I’m delighted for them though. Sevilla are a massive club and West Ham aren’t flying out to the far end of Europe to play some nobodies.
“I’ll tell you what, imagine if they win. Maybe they can, it’s possible.
“It will be tough but you never know if they turn up.”
The Verdict: Big nights ahead…
Given the revenue it could bring to West Ham, not to mention the excitement of the tie for the club’s supporters, we believe that Kenny has a point.
Indeed, if Moyes’ men do get past Sevilla, it will make the occasion all the more momentous as West Ham aim to make history on their European run this season.
A couple of very big nights for the Hammers lay in store on 10 and 17 March.
In other news: Top club insider claims West Ham could now back Moyes with signing of ‘world class’ £50m star, find out more here.
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