David Moyes enjoys the Europa League challenge as West Ham prepare for their first European campaign in 15 years
- West Ham meet Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna in Group H
- David Moyes says he is ‘enthusiastic’ about the club’s return to European competition
- The Hammers are about to take on Chelsea’s centre-back Kurt Zouma. to capture
- Moyes has become frustrated with his efforts to sign a striker this summer
David Moyes enjoys the challenge of leading West Ham to Europe this season.
The Hammers know their opponents for their first European campaign in 15 years after the Europa League group stage draw on Friday morning.
Moyes’ side has been drawn against Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna in Group H.
West Ham manager David Moyes enjoys their upcoming European campaign this season
West Ham have secured European football after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season
Their toughest test will likely be Croatia’s Zagreb, who beat Tottenham in the last 16 last season.
But for now, Moyes was happy to bask in seeing the unfamiliar name West Ham at some of the biggest clubs on the continent.
‘I’m really excited. We watched the draw this morning and saw the pots come out,” he said.
“The biggest draw was to see West Ham in one of the pots, back in Europe and hopefully we get the supporters to the London Stadium for the games.
Croatian Dinamo Zagreb will likely be West Ham’s toughest test in the group stage
“The players deserved it with their performances throughout the season, who deservedly deserved a place in the European competition.”
West Ham finished sixth last season and are now going to prove they are no flash in the pan.
With consecutive wins and eight goals, the Hammers head the Premier League route to Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.
Moyes is on the cusp of signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma but has so far been frustrated in his efforts to buy a striker as cover for Mikhail Antonio.
The Hammers are looking to strengthen their team and are close to signing Kurt Zouma
“We are trying to complement the squad with players who can make a difference,” said Moyes.
“I believe so, but in the end I can’t promise because sometimes these things just don’t happen, it’s not that easy to get the players over the line and in this window I found that.
“Let’s hope we can, if we can’t and the team continues to play as it is I’ll be happy because the team is doing a great job. But if we can give the team a little more competition, I think that will help.”
Moyes is set to stick with the side that defeated Newcastle and Leicester against Palace.