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David Moyes says West Ham won't fear teams like Barcelona in the Europa League

Mudeet Arora
Moyes is unfazed by Barcelona in the Europa League
Moyes is unfazed by Barcelona in the Europa League / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

West Ham United manager David Moyes has suggested that his team will not be fearing facing the likes of Barcelona in the Europa League this season as they have already managed to beat the reigning European champions in the Premier League this season.

The Hammers fielded a young side in their final group game loss to Dinamo Zagreb after sealing qualification through to the round-of-16 as Group H winners.

Moyes believes his team will be in a much better shape when the Europa League knockouts start in March 2022.

Barcelona, FC Porto and Sevilla all could be their opponents but Moyes believes other teams would be worried about them instead.

He said: 'We've got a lot of big teams to play but I think we're a big team at the moment. A lot of teams will be worried about playing us. We hope we're in good shape and good form when those games come around.

'Look, the names in the competition make it really difficult. The teams who drop down (from the Champions League) tend to be the teams who get to the final.

'But if we can take on the Champions League finalists and the Champions League winners in recent weeks, I think we'll give them a good game.'

Speaking about the game against Zagreb, Moyes said, "I thought the young players really did well and recovered after a really early goal.

"I think it was a tough game for them. Ideally we wouldn't have played five of them at once but we were slightly forced into it. But they all acquitted themselves well.

"At times you could see the youthfulness, they didn't always make the right choices, but I think you could see some of them could go on to be first-team players."