Joe Cole hails ‘wonderful’ moment as West Ham thrash Lyon 3-0 to reach the Europa League semi-finals


‘The Moyes-iah can do no wrong’: Joe Cole hails the West Ham boss and insists he ‘gets it right all the time’ after steering his side to an emphatic 3-0 win against Lyon to reach the Europa League semis

  • Joe Cole has hailed David Moyes after he guided West Ham to the semi-finals 
  • The Premier League side are in the last four of the Europa League after a 3-0 win 
  • Moyes’ side confidently defeated French outfit Lyon 3-0 on Thursday evening

Joe Cole has heaped praise on the ‘Moyes-iah’ David Moyes after West Ham reached the Europa League semi-finals with a superb 3-0 win against Lyon.

The Premier League side, led by manager Moyes, dominated throughout at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday night and will now face German team Eintracht Frankfurt for a place in the final.

And ex-Hammers midfielder Cole told BT Sport that his former side progressing to the last four was a ‘Hollywood’ moment.

Joe Cole has hailed David Moyes (pictured) after the manager guided West Ham to the Europa League semi-finals following a comfortable 3-0 win against Lyon in France on Thursday night

Cole said that his old club's European run was comparable to a Hollywood film script

Cole said that his old club’s European run was comparable to a Hollywood film script

He said: ‘It’s really a pleasure, honour and privilege to cover West Ham and see the smiles on faces. The punters will have to be so proud of them because it was such a disciplined, strong (showing). 

‘They were tactically strong, aggressive at the right time, they kept their cool. Passionate, but cool-minded at crucial times. 

‘The Moyes-iah can do no wrong. He gets it right all the time. He’s at his absolute peak as a manager. West Ham beat them very well. They have fantastic footballers, Lyon, but there’s a fragility in the squad. 

‘Everything West Ham have, resilience, robustness, Lyon did not have. Sometimes in football it’s like a Hollywood film, scripted, in Mark Noble’s last year… it’s a wonderful, wonderful moment.’ 

And the man himself was in bullish spirits as the Hammers size up one last push to reach the final.

The Hammers will take on German club Frankfurt for a place in the Europa League final

The Hammers will take on German club Frankfurt for a place in the Europa League final

On facing Frankfurt, who beat Barcelona on Thursday night, Moyes said: ‘We’ll give whoever a game. It’s Frankfurt. It won’t be easy. We’ll have a great night at the London Stadium again.

‘It’s great for West Ham – seeing the football, the teams. It’s been a monumental period for us to get the semi-final of a European competition.

‘I’m hoping we can keep it going. I’m hoping we can talk about the final soon. It’ll be a great opportunity for us. Like it will be for Eintracht Frankfurt. We’re all hoping we can play well and get to the final.

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