No hesitation, a convincing win. After five years, West Ham presented himself in the European Cup and defeated Dinam Zagreb 2: 0. The Czechs Alex Král and Vladimír Coufal did not intervene in the match, leaving only on the bench.
The London club traveled to the Balkans with the knowledge that Tottenham had lost a high 0-0 at Maksimir last year.
Even so, coach David Moyes decided to save some of the regular support for the hammers. Apart from Angel Ogbonny or Craig Dawson, Vladimír Coufal also remained on the bench, so Moyes changed almost the entire defense.
He let Český bek sit even though he didn’t have many players with experience from European cups at hand. “It was a novelty for most of them. Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal or Andrij Jarmolenko, who joined the Champions League, are valuable,” he pointed out the most experienced players on the European scene in his staff.
Ryan Fredericks took the place of Coufal on the right side of the defense, who was pushed out of the line-up last year by the Czech national team member and became number one in this position.
However, Fredericks got in shape and could be more competitive for Coufal in the future than before. “He played an excellent match, had a chance to increase the leadership of West Ham and did a great job of defensive tasks, as well as pulling off attacking actions well.
Fredericks returned to the team after injuries last year only suddenly, and this year, apart from the match with Zagreb, he played two minutes everywhere.
He was definitely not afraid of the lack of workload. It is obvious that coach Moyes will have to rotate the team more with regard to West Ham’s participation in European cups. Apparently, the experienced coach decided to save the Czech defender for the battle with Manchester United, which Hammers is waiting for on Sunday.
However, Moyes praised the players who took the place of the usual supports. “We exchanged three places in the basic line-up and it was not known at all in the performance,” he praised himself. “I really like the fact that I really don’t know where this team has the limit,” he confided after the win, which was arranged by Antonio and Rice with their goals.
The English national team showed probably the best performance of all the players on the field and managed his first appearance in the European League very well. “It can help him grow a lot,” Moyes thinks. “Rice is constantly trying to improve. You can see that he wants to jump even higher, which he did today. He has undergone a really big transformation. He is 22, but he led us in Europe as a captain, he scored a goal. He has a huge career and a great future. , “added West Ham coach.
The London team started the European autumn with a win, in other matches, in addition to home revenge with Dinam, Genk and Rapid Vienna are also waiting for them. “The goal is definitely to play in the European Cups in the spring,” Moyes said.
However, Thursday’s match did not go without an incident. Around two thousand fans from England arrived in Zagreb. Veteran Mark Noble praised their support before the match. “I think this is a bonus for the fans and they’ll make it more of a three-day vacation than a day trip. It’s great weather and I’ve heard that Zagreb lives at night, so I don’t think our fans will stay at the hotel.” Noble joked.
English fans may have taken his words to heart. Six of them were detained by police before the match due to a fight on the terrace of one of the restaurants in the Croatian capital.
“Police used coercive means, including batons, and separated four British fans between the ages of 20 and 25 during the fight. They attacked two Croats, using chairs, bottles and glasses against them. An ambulance arrived to help one of the attacked Croats,” police said. . The other two Britons were detained by the police following a skirmish.