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Moyes: ECL final with West Ham could be my best career achievement

West Ham manager David Moyes believes reaching the Europa Conference League could be the greatest achievement in his long managerial career.

The Hammers take on Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in the semi-finals with the first leg in London on Thursday evening.

West Ham have not reached a first European final in 47 years, while Moyes has never managed that feat as a manager.

Asked if reaching the final would be his crowning career achievement, Moyes said in his press conference: "I think it would be. A European final? It could be yeah.

"I was fortunate to get to a Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United, lost on penalty kicks in the quarter-finals of the Europa League with Everton. Last season, I was in a semi-final with West Ham. This year we're in a semi-final again. So I want to try and take it one step further."

Moyes says West Ham will be treating the game with the upmost severity - and says the importance of the Conference League was clear to see when an emotional Jose Mourinho had tears of joy after winning the competition with Roma 12 months ago.

"I refer back to probably the serial winner in Jose Mourinho," added Moyes. "Winning this trophy was so special for him and his football club.

"If ever I needed someone to show how hard it is, it would be Jose. He treated it as if it was so important, there's no way we're treating it any less than that."

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