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West Ham could face Barcelona

The prospect of West Ham facing Barcelona in the Europa League competition moved a step closer after they crumbled to another 3-0 Champions Lagu defeat.

After yet another demoralizing loss struggling Barcelona faces a grim future in the Champions League.

The Catalan club followed its 3-0 opening loss against Bayern Munich with another 3-0 defeat at Benfica on Wednesday. Bottom of its group, Barcelona suddenly sees itself in danger of not reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2000-01 and would automatically drop into the Europa League knockout stages.

Should the Hammers get past the group stage they move to the knockout stage of the UEFA competition.

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The Europa League Round of 32 consists of 32 teams. They include the 12 group winners and 12 group runner-ups from the Europa League Group Stage along with the 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League Group Stage.

Should Barcelona finish third in their Champions League group West Ham have one of four chances of drawing the Spanish team.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “West Ham could face Barcelona

  1. In my 40 years of following the Hammers I have never been so excited by our team, I wasn’t even a teenager for the 3rd place in 1986. I idolised Mark Ward, Frank McAvennie, Tony Cottee, and wanted to take penalties like Ray Stewart.
    I ended up a lawnmower mechanic in later life, but hey, I guess the scouts must have missed me?
    We Hammers fans are a cautious bunch, it’s embedded in our club song, but I’m starting to believe. I really do think we are starting to put together a squad of players that can push us up a level.
    I have to give Leicester a nod, they have proven to the Premier League teams that to crack open the top 4 clubs is not impossible.
    So a nod to the Gaffer, a nod to the owners, and especially Mark Noble.
    I don’t think it should be underestimated his influence in the changing room.
    He is the same fan I was way back in ’86, the scouts did find him, and he knows what it is to be West Ham “till I die”.
    We are seeing this in every performance this team puts in…
    Fortune can’t hide forever.

  2. We would only face a potential tie with Barca if we finished runner-up in our group. If we win the group we go straight to the round of 16, by-passing the playoff round. There is no round of 32.

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