Emerson on a four timer


EmersonHammers wing back Emerson is ready to add a fourth European gong to the Champions League, Europa League, and Super Cup medals he has already won.

The three already in his personal trophy cabinet were all won with Chelsea and he now aims to add the European Conference medal with the Hammers.

He also has another at international level -the UEFA European Championship with Italy in 2021.

“It’d be a privilege,” Emerson enthused on the prospect of becoming the first player to manage such an achievement .

“I’m already privileged to have won those trophies, but when you set something as a goal, you then start making plans.

“You then take a closer look at them, and right now, in the Conference League, we’re in the round of 16, so it’s not a distant goal any more, or unrealistic [for us to think of the final].”

The Hammers, the only side to progress into the UECL knockouts with a 100 per cent record, have won eight of eight fixtures so far in the competition. They are now seven games from a first European trophy since 1965 – and start with a trip to AEK Larnaca in the round of 16.

“I know what such a significant trophy would mean to the club,” Emerson explained. “And to myself as well, as a personal goal. I’ve set it as a goal and it’s within our reach. Let’s hope it works out well.”

The full-back is modest though. He knows the team needs to be together to reach that goal, and is ready to play his part to help some of the younger players with the pressure of big game situations.

“I think the other players see me, perhaps, as a successful player, because of those achievements,” he stated. “They sometimes ask me about it but I’m not the kind of person who enjoys bringing that up and bragging about it.

“But sometimes when I’m with Lucas Paquetá and other players, they’ll ask me how it feels to win the Champions League, the Europa League and what I tell them is this: ‘Winning is pretty good. The feeling of becoming champions and reaching the top is pretty good.’

“So, now, as we are in this position in the Conference League, I’ve already told them: ‘Guys, winning is pretty good, becoming champions is priceless.’

“For us footballers, it’s the pinnacle. Once you’re a champion, you take that with you for the rest of your life. When your career is over, you’ll open your drawer and find all of your medals and achievements there – and that cannot be taken away.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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