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Moyes not bothered by Spurs turnaround

David Moyes insists he is not bothered about the fact that the Hammers’ game against Spurs this weekend comes just three days after the clash with Sevilla in the Europa League.

The Hammers were heroic against the Spanish side, winning 2-0 after extra time to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Irons will now be looking to build on their momentum in the London derby against Tottenham, which is a huge game in the race for the top four.

The two sides are level on points in the Premier League, although Spurs have a game in hand.

Antonio Conte’s side also played in midweek, beating Brighton in the league on Wednesday, but they have had a day’s extra rest, and the Hammers also had to play 120 minutes on Thursday.

But Moyes insists he isn’t bothered about the swift turnaround, insisting that the club have the opportunity to build on their huge win over Sevilla this weekend.

Speaking to reporters, as per Football.London, he said: “We’re a resilient group of players and we hope that we’ll all be fine and we’ll go again.

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“I think an extra day would help anybody, but we’re pleased we’re in the Europa League and that we’ve qualified. I’d have taken that any day and now we’ll get ready for the Tottenham game.”

Moyes admits that this weekend’s clash is a tough one and has warned his players that they will be tested “to the maximum”.

He added: “They’re all important, whether it is a team at the bottom or the top. It’s a derby for West Ham and Tottenham, so we know it’ll be a difficult game.

“Where you finish in the league gets you the chance to qualify for Europe. It’s your bread and butter as far as I’m concerned. Being in Cup competitions adds to what we’re trying to do and teaches us how to make strides forward. At the moment, we’ve got a big game coming up – it’s a hard game – and we know we’re going to be tested to the maximum.”

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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.