West Ham United manager David Moyes has issued a rallying cry to the club’s supporters as they prepare for a crucial showdown with Olympiacos, writes the Hammer.News. The Hammers are seeking retribution after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in Greece two weeks ago. This pivotal match will play a significant role in shaping their fortunes in the Europa League Group A, which also features Freiburg.
The loss against Olympiacos brought an end to West Ham’s remarkable run of 17 unbeaten games in European competitions, a record that stood until recently broken by Manchester City. However, it wasn’t just the result that made the match noteworthy; it was the atmosphere and the jubilation of the Olympiacos fans and players that left a lasting impression.
James Ward-Prowse, who recently joined West Ham, revealed that the squad is determined to seek revenge for the behavior of Olympiacos following their victory over the reigning Conference League champions.
A victory against Olympiacos in the upcoming clash would not only exact revenge but also position David Moyes’ side one step closer to qualifying for European knockout football for the third consecutive season. Moyes is calling on West Ham’s dedicated fanbase to play a pivotal role in this mission.
Speaking in anticipation of the match, Moyes emphasized the importance of the supporters’ role in creating a vibrant atmosphere at the stadium. He acknowledged the electric atmosphere generated by Olympiacos’ passionate crowd during the previous encounter.
Moyes expressed his desire for the West Ham faithful to match that intensity and spur their team to perform at their best. The manager noted that a win would put the club in a favorable position for European qualification and hoped to see the Hammers’ home fans in full voice.
Moyes commented, “There were difficult challenges in Olympiacos. Out there, their crowd was phenomenal and they played a huge part on the day. Also, on the day, we didn’t play well – nowhere near our standards – so we want to be closer to our usual best tomorrow night.”
He continued, “If we win tomorrow night, we’re in a good place, and we want to get the wins to qualify and be in Europe after Christmas… We’re up against one of the better teams we’ve played in Europe, and I’ve got to say we’re going to have an incredible crowd, so we’ll give Olympiacos the chance to see us in good form and our home fans at their best too.”
The stage is set for a thrilling encounter as West Ham looks to avenge their previous defeat and march towards European success, with David Moyes and the supporters united in their quest for victory.