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Moyes: Irons a real threat

David Moyes insists that no team will want to face the Hammers in the Europa League Round of 16.

The Irons were beaten 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb in their final game of the group stage, as the Irons played a much younger team than usual.

Moyes handed out a number of first-team debuts but the Hammers still won the group and are heading straight into the Round of 16.

They could well face off against a team dropping out of the Champions League, as a result, with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig all potential opponents in the knockout stages.

And Moyes thinks that the club can go toe-to-toe with teams like that and potentially even knock them out.

Indeed, the Irons have already beaten both Liverpool and Chelsea this season in the Premier League, with the two sides both reaching recent Champions League finals, with the latter being the current holders.

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Speaking after the Dinamo game, Moyes said, as per BBC Sport“At the start of the campaign, if you had said we would have European football after Christmas, I would’ve been really pleased but to win the group was very good.

“At the moment West Ham are a big team and people will be worried about us.

“We’re a good team and if we can take on Champions League finalists and winners and give them a run for their money then whoever we get, we will give them a good game.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.