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West Ham are ‘favourites’ to win the Europa League but Jason Cundy says it ‘will be like a failure’ if they don’t lift the trophy, as the club are urged to give David a ‘big deal’ Means


West Ham are backed as favorites to win the Europa League after their historic victory at Lyon to book their place in the semi-finals.

But the Hammers were challenged to claim the trophy after reaching the last four of European competition for the first time in 46 years, being told “it will be a failure” if they are not crowned champions.

West Ham celebrate after reaching Europa League semi-finals
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The Premier League club put on a stellar spectacle for traveling fans as they came back from their 1-1 first leg draw to eliminate 3-0 winners in France thanks to goals from Craig Dawson, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.

Lyon simply couldn’t handle the English side, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals after their shock win over Barcelona.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlor told talkSPORT Breakfast: “Who are the favorites to win? It must be West Ham now. It must be.

“But, you still have a lot of work to do to get to the final and then to win it.”

Remarkably, Frankfurt were also West Ham’s opponents when they last appeared in a European semi-final.

The Hammers claimed victory in that game to advance to the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup final… where they ultimately lost to Anderlecht.

West Ham are 'favourites' to win the Europa League but Jason Cundy says it 'will be like a failure' if they don't lift the trophy, as the club are urged to give David a 'big deal' Means
Dawson nodded West Ham ahead in France, and they didn’t look back
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West Ham are 'favourites' to win the Europa League but Jason Cundy says it 'will be like a failure' if they don't lift the trophy, as the club are urged to give David a 'big deal' Means
Rice was West Ham’s star man again as he was on the scoresheet to help the club to a historic victory
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Ex-Chelsea defender Jason Cundy challenged the team to do better than this European run, as he hailed David Moyes’ side for their win and urged them to go all the way this time -this.

“It was a remarkable game, a remarkable win…but now they have to win it,” the Sports Bar host said.

“They can’t get to the semi-finals and come this far without winning it.

“There are four teams left and for me there is no reason West Ham can’t win. And if you don’t, if they don’t go on and win now, it will be like failure. .

“I know how far they have come, but they have to win now. You can’t make it to the semi-finals against Frankfurt – everyone thought they were going to play against Barcelona, ​​one of the biggest teams in world football – but you don’t have them, you have Frankfurt. They can return to Frankfurt.

West Ham are 'favourites' to win the Europa League but Jason Cundy says it 'will be like a failure' if they don't lift the trophy, as the club are urged to give David a 'big deal' Means
Frankfurt picked up a huge victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou to seal a semi-final clash with West Ham
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“On the other side of the board, Rangers will feel the same way. You can’t go this far now and not win. You can almost taste it, you can almost taste how it will feel to lift that European trophy.

“You must win.”

Moyes was also backed to make the Hammers one of the Premier League’s top clubs.

For Parlor, reaching the semi-finals of a European tournament proves the Scotsman is the perfect man for the long-term future of West Ham, who he believes can become a top-four regular.

And he urged owners David Sullivan and David Gold to tie the popular boss to a new contract and back him in the summer transfer market to make that dream a reality.

“David Moyes is doing exactly what he needs to do – he has so much experience and I’m so happy for David because he’s a great guy,” added the former midfielder.

West Ham are 'favourites' to win the Europa League but Jason Cundy says it 'will be like a failure' if they don't lift the trophy, as the club are urged to give David a 'big deal' Means
Moyes has been hailed for his work at West Ham and given even more support by the club
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“It didn’t work out for him at Manchester United, he left, he came back to West Ham and what a job he is doing, absolutely brilliant.

“They are doing very well in the Premier League. They haven’t really spent a lot of money and they’re proving they can do it.

“If you own West Ham now, if David Moyes wants three players this summer, go get those players and you can compete for the top four, definitely, every season.

“It’s a big club, they get 60,000 fans every week, why can’t they be one of the great players in the Premier League? They could be, and they have a manager who knows how to get the job done. best of his players.

“If I was the owner, I would say, ‘Put David Moyes on a big contract, give him what he wants and hopefully we can continue to progress like they are doing now’.”

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