David Moyes admits it will be difficult to play Rapid Vienna behind closed doors

David Moyes admitted it will be difficult to play behind closed doors ahead of West Ham’s Europa League game at Rapid Vienna.

Ustria has recently returned to a full national quarantine as restrictions were reinstated to curb the rising Covid-19 infections in much of Europe.

It will be West Ham’s first game in an empty stadium since the inaugural pre-season fixture, and the manager acknowledged that could have an effect.

“I think it’s[a challenge],” Moyes said.

“I think that’s something we hoped we wouldn’t see again, I think we all hoped that the fans would come back and we would never come back to the situation.

“I hope we can deal with it. I think when it first started, everyone felt awkward with the noises, the shouts, the screams around the stadium.

“All those things we’ve been getting away with in the last six months or more hopefully we don’t come back, but right now we’re back in the short term.”

West Ham have already booked their place in the qualifying rounds of the tournament after an impressive start to their Europa League campaign, but victory will allow them to lead the group and avoid a playoff matchup with the group side that finished third in the Champions League.

However, with 12 games scheduled before 1 January, Moyes left Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianksi in London, insisting the club wanted to give the entire squad the opportunity.

“During the competition, everyone will see that we try to make sure we get the first team together and mix all the players in it as much as we can. We have a good roster,” said the Hammers boss.

“The players all performed really well throughout the competition, so we want to use them all. We want to give opportunities to people, but we can’t always provide a game for everyone.

“We have to try to stay strong in the matches, we know the opposition is tough, so we have to continue with a strong side as much as we can.

“You’re talking about Manchester City, but next Wednesday we’ll have Brighton and then Chelsea, so it’s probably a new program that makes these games a little bit more difficult for us.”

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