West Ham defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek is relishing the chance to make history at the London club after helping the side reach their first European last-final since 1981.
The Czech star scored the opening goal to level the UEFA Europa League last-16 clash with Sevilla before substitute Andriy Yarmolenko scored an extra-time winner after Fornals’ shot fell into his path.
David Moyes’ team seek their first trophy in over four decades, and online casino Australia predicts that they have a chance at it.
Soucek said, “I am so happy we can write history at the club,”
“I hope we can do more than today.
“I know when we beat Sevilla we can beat any team.”
Since their controversial move from the Boleyn Ground in 2016, Thursday night remains the clubs’ biggest night at the London Stadium.
Forward Michail Antonio has lived through the tough times at the London club, having joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest back in 2015 and the 31-year-old disclosed he has never heard the London stadium as loud.
Michail told BT Sport. “I have been here for seven years and the only atmosphere that came close to this was the last game at the Boleyn Ground,”
“I said at the start, the atmosphere was absolutely roaring.
“We fear nobody. We are in it to win it and now we are in the quarters, why can’t we win it?”
When he returned in 2019 for a second time, 18 months after he was sacked to make way for Spanish tactician Manuel Pellegrini, who was then sacked after spending huge sums on unsuccessful acquisitions, former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes promised to create “a new West Ham”.
He has since successfully navigated the team away from the relegation spot and into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in the space of two years, which excites the users of best American online casino.
But Moyes is not getting carried away with his recent success at the London Stadium.
Ahead of West Ham’s clash with Spurs on Sunday, Moyes has told his boys not to get carried away, “If you want to be a big club, you have to get used to being in all the time,” he said.
“We are climbing a mountain but we are base camp at the moment.
“This result will give us a lot of confidence. We have had two really tough and close games against the side that is second in La Liga. People say Spanish football is not quite the same but we have seen what Atletico Madrid and Villarreal have done this week [knocking Manchester United and Juventus out of Europe]. Sevilla are above those two.
“This win felt fantastic but we don’t get a cup for that. We have to refocus and have another go.”
West Ham Skipper Declan Rice told BT Sport, “I just saw Yarmo in the kit room, he was a little bit emotional and just needed a bit of time to himself. He has been through so much.”
It was also a big result for Rice, who is coveted by most of the biggest clubs in the country and can offer this kind of European platform on an annual basis.
“These European nights are special,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue them.
“I love West Ham fans. They care so much about this club. If you give 100 percent, you are treated as one of their own.”
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