David Moyes has said that his experiences at Manchester United and Everton help him guide his inexperienced West Ham squad through the hardships of a European campaign.
The West Ham squad is not a young one, but is easy on experienced European matchmakers, meaning Moyes will have to take the lead to guide his team through a tough period of overload.
Despite the challenges he faces, the manager has led his team to the top of Group H of the Europa League, into the Premier League’s top four and past Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. The manager is happy with his team’s progress and has put this to the players he has at his disposal.
“Right now, I’m really lucky,” Moyes said. “I have a talented group of players, we have brought in some players who have helped it, we have some players who have revived their careers, some players who are in the best shape they have ever been in their careers.
“I feel we play a good style. I want us to be attacking and entertaining, but I also want to be defensive and ruthless when we have to be. I have told the players this morning that we have a long way to go to reach the levels we really want to be at.
“I’m looking to make things a lot better, cleaner, sharper in all our games. I do not think we’re near our top levels and that we will continue to improve. I’m definitely not giving up. And this has to come from the manager, the coaching staff, and we have to keep pushing and making even greater demands on the players. But I’m really happy with the way they ‘re reacting. been incredible from them. “
Since the international break, West Ham have won both their Premier League matches as well as beaten Genk in the Europa League and watched City on penalties in the Carabao Cup. With two games a week, the Hammers squad is being tested to its limits, but Moyes has 998 games in the lead that he can use.
“I use my experience and previous experience on travel, preparation, recovery with Manchester United and Everton in Europe,” he added. “Even experiences when I was in Spain. Quite often we were not able to travel back on the day of the match, we had to stay over.
“We are inexperienced as a team and as a club in doing so and many of the players have not been involved in European football before.
“I have tried to balance it as best I can. Not playing all the players has also meant that we have just been able to give four or five players some recovery and rest, even though we needed them on the bench. When you have got a The squad that we have would always be difficult.
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“But the one thing it knows is that they all want to play in the European matches and the Premier League matches and the Carabao Cup. I hope I am able to pass on my own experience of times when I was in tournaments. Many of the players are still young and the club is still young in terms of being a European team. “
Hammers may be inexperienced in Europe, but with three wins out of three, they have taken it impeccably and Moyes wants more of the same.
“I will try to be in Europe after Christmas by finishing one or two, so we would like to win the group if we can,” Moyes said. “We will not give up, we enjoy it and will not let it go easy, but I also have to manage Premier League matches.
“We are able to handle it and the team we have can handle it too.”