West Ham news: Pundit shares 'massive' claim after 'incredible' development
West Ham could not have drawn a tougher opponent than Sevilla in the Europa League last 16 but could still qualify for the next round.
That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hammers’ chances of progressing.
West Ham drew Sevilla in Friday’s (25 February) Europa League round of 16 draw.
The Spanish side are Europa League specialists, winning the competition six times since 2006.
However, Kenny insists the Hammers are capable of knocking out Sevilla if they play to their strengths over the two legs.
“That’s why you challenge to get into Europe,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“Incredible, what a game that will be for both sets of fans. It’s a massive game and probably the toughest they could have got.
“But that’s why they are here, you want to test yourself against the best and these guys are the best in this competition.
“I’m already looking forward to that. They have some huge players there.
“Martial is there but West Ham will know how to play against him.
“I’m delighted for them though. Sevilla are a massive club and West Ham aren’t flying out to the far end of Europe to play some nobodies.
“I’ll tell you what, imagine if they win. Maybe they can, it’s possible.
“It will be tough but you never know if they turn up.”
West Ham’s first leg against Sevilla will be played on Thursday 10 March.
The second leg will be played at the London Stadium one week later.