David Moyes loving West Ham's Euro trip but keeps Premier League focus

David Moyes relishing West Ham’s European adventure but will not lose focus on Premier League when fixtures begin to pile up

  • West Ham coach David Moyes is loving his side’s Europa League journey
  • But he has pledged to not take eye off the ball in the Premier League
  • Moyes will have to juggle a packed fixture list if West Ham continue in Europe
  • Hammers have won both of their two games in the Europa League so far 

West Ham boss David Moyes is loving life in European football but has vowed not to take his eye off the ball in the Premier League as he bids to juggle a packed fixture list beyond Christmas.

The in-form Hammers continued their Europa League adventure with a 2-0 win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening, a repeat of the result they achieved at Dinamo Zagreb a fortnight ago.

Last season’s surprise sixth-placed finish has placed greater demands on the club, leaving Moyes with a tricky balancing act.  

David Moyes is relishing West Ham’s European run despite the fixture congestion

But the Scot, who must swiftly switch his attentions back to domestic duties ahead of Sunday’s visit of Brentford, insists he is relishing the challenges posed by the hectic schedule.

‘We want European football — I wish it was the Champions League because it would mean we had Wednesday-Saturday (fixtures) — but if we’re getting Thursday-Sunday, I’m taking that all day long,’ he said. 

‘We’re loving being in the European competition,’ Moyes said after beating Rapid Vienna

‘We’re loving being in the European competition. I’d like to be in European football after Christmas time, that’s my goal. I can’t take my eye off the ball with the Premier League but I’m doing my best to juggle the squad and give everybody minutes.’

Vladimir Coufal, who missed the Europa League game due to a minor injury, and fellow full back Ryan Fredericks (groin) face late fitness tests ahead of the clash with the Bees.

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