‘We certainly had a bigger picture in our heads’ – Moyes defends team selection

David Moyes

David Moyes has defended his team selection as West Ham‘s unbeaten European run came to an end.

The Hammers boss made seven changes for Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League defat by Olympiakos, admitting he had an eye on upcoming games against Everton and Arsenal.

Moyes said: “Look, we changed a lot of players tonight, we’ve got the Premier League coming up and we’ve got a League Cup game next week and we’d won the first two games in the group, which gave us leeway to make changes tonight.

“But maybe I have to recognise that while we didn’t win the Conference League games easily, as they were all tough games, coming to Olympiakos after winning away in Freiburg – which was a good result – this wasn’t a good result and wasn’t a good performance.

“In our heads we certainly had a bigger picture in our heads and that was going into Sunday.

“I don’t think anybody could say the team we started with wasn’t a good team and wasn’t a team capable of winning or performing.

“Many of them have been very good players for us over the years and still are.”

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