Hammers star: We can handle Europe AND PL


By Hugh Southon

Tomas Soucek has been sending all the right messages before tonight’s clash with TSC and claims the Thursday/Sunday routine us no problem for anybody within the squad.

omas has been returning to the sort of form which made him a fans favourite when he arrived and his confidence in the squad tonight and onwards is clear.

Commenting on the Thursday/Sunday agenda to he said:  “I think, if the players and coaches are strong enough, they can deal with that and take advantage of it.

You don’t have as many training sessions but the biggest thing is the games. We want to play as many games as we can and we showed in the last couple of years that we can handle both Europe and domestic games.

We want to be successful in this competition. We want to enjoy it. We have many more games and can play every Thursday-Sunday. I can tell you the players love that. We want to make sure we’re ready for the first game tomorrow.

We have James Ward-Prowse, Edson Álvarez and Mohammed Kudus in midfield, and we have new coaching staff too. We have looked good in training sessions and in our first few games in the Premier League. I hope we can transfer that to the UEFA Europa League.

As a midfielder, I trust myself in these games and I know I can also trust the midfielders around me.”

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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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