West Ham midfielder Soucek: Our spirit can carry us against Eintracht Frankfurt

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek insists they’re capable of upsetting Europa League semifinal opponents Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

The Hammers are heading to Germany on Thursday for the second leg of their semi-final tie after losing the first match in London 2-1 last week.

“This is a good way [to think] as we won both the other games [against Sevilla and Lyon] in the second leg,” Soucek told the London Evening Standard. “We need to do it again now. It gives confidence to us and we know that we can be a better team on Thursday, because we already played against them and we are quite confident.

“But we have to do 100 per cent of us, or maybe more, during the game. We have been showing spirit all season, maybe for two years since Covid started. We have developed a great atmosphere and on Thursday we will need it even more, because it is so difficult but so close to the final.

“Our spirit has to be incredible from the first second, because we know what happened in the first leg, we conceded in 40 seconds. From the first second we have to be ready.”

Soucek has admitted it would be a dream to play in the Champions League and only adds to the potential prize on offer.

“It’s one thing to get to the final, to be so close to get to the trophy of the Europa League and get a medal,” he said. “The second thing is to get into the Champions League. They are two big things that we want, but it is still a really difficult step to go in the second leg.”

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