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West Ham manager David Moyes hopes it is his “turn” to win a trophy as the Hammers look to overturn a first-leg deficit at Eintracht Frankfurt and reach the Europa League final.
The Hammers must win in Germany on Thursday to have any chance of reaching a first European final since 1976 after losing their home leg 2-1 last week.
Centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, who has not played since November, is still out.
“A European semi-final is huge for me, the players, everybody,” said Moyes.
“I’m thrilled to be taking the team here and it wasn’t long ago we were fighting relegation – it’s been a big climb and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue.
“We need a whole team performance. The biggest thing for me is we get to the final.”
The winners of this tie face either Rangers or Leipzig in the final, with the Germans leading 1-0 before Thursday’s second leg at Ibrox.
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Moyes’ managerial career began with Preston 24 years ago and the Scot wants to win a major European trophy, which would be West Ham’s first in 57 years, after victory in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.
“There are lots of games throughout your career, so when you get to a big one you think ‘it’s big’, added Moyes. “But there’s lots of big games, lots of ups and downs.
“It’s hard to be a winner all the time because everyone is fighting for that prize. But when you get this close you are thinking ‘is this my turn, my chance?’ I hope this is my turn.”
Moyes’ 86-year-old father, David Sr, will be among a sell-out crowd of around 48,000 for the game at Deutsche Bank Park.
“My dad’s coming, and I hope my son takes me to matches when I’m 86,” added Moyes. “My brother’s bringing my dad and it’s great he can see us at this stage. I hope we give him a night to remember.
“If he saw us win it would be special, and even better if it was the final. He wants it to be and so do I.”
West Ham sit seventh in the Premier League and last won a major trophy in 1980, the FA Cup. If they win the Europa League, they will be playing in the Champions League for the first time next season.
“It will be a special game, it’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere,” added Hammers defender Vladimir Coufal.
“We need to be ready for everything. We need to be careful of their counter-attacks and set-pieces.
“They have big quality in their crosses, so it will be a similar game to the one at London Stadium, but we know we need to win by more than one goal.”
Ansgar Knauff gave Frankfurt a first-minute lead last week and, after Michail Antonio’s equaliser, Daichi Kamada scored their winner. Midfielder Jesper Lindstrom is a doubt with an injury but defender Martin Hinteregger is back from illness.
West Ham are aiming to reach their third European final after also reaching the Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1976, while Frankfurt are hoping to collect their second European trophy in their history after winning the 1980 Uefa Cup.
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner, whose side are 11th in the German league, said: “We should approach the game for what it is – the second leg in a European semi-final.
“We expect a West Ham team that will try everything to win and reach the final. I told my players that our focus is to play to win. We will not attempt to manage any result.”
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