‘We’d like to still be here after Christmas’ – Moyes hopes West Ham can go far in Europe

West Ham will play Dinamo Zagreb in their opening group stage match in the Europa League on Thursday and coach David Moyes is hoping his side can do well in the competition.

This is West Ham’s 10th European campaign but they have never played in a group stage before. The only European games they have won since 1999 have been qualifiers.

“We’d like to still be in Europe after Christmas and new year,” said Moyes.

“We understand we’re up against an experienced opponent and we’re still relatively new to the challenge.

“We’ve tried to take on everything really positively, really forward-thinking and are trying to be aggressive in our own way, but ultimately we know that we’re new to the competition as far as recent history goes. But we’ve got a good squad and hopefully we’ll get to understand it the longer we go in the competition.”

The Hammers, who haven’t lost a Premier League game so far this season, qualified for the group stages directly after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb won last season’s Croatian Double and are already top of the table this season.

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