Barcelona Scary But Hammers Can Win
James has been impressed by the Catalan giants’ quality, but is still convinced that West Ham can end the season with a European trophy.
Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: "Barcelona look scary, but West Ham can still win the Europa League, why not?
"I was watching some footage of Barcelona the other day and they look scary.
"In two-legged affairs, you just need to play well. I think the environment at West Ham under David Moyes is so good at the moment, so why not?
"The potential of playing Barcelona in a two-legged affair is why they went to the London Stadium.
"I'd always say they can do it and they've got a great chance."
Top-Four Hopes Over
Domestically, West Ham are also enjoying a strong campaign and are firmly in the fight for a top-six spot with Manchester United and Wolves.
However, Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford means they are now six points off the Champions League places, having played a game more than fourth-placed Tottenham.
And James feels that, unless one of the North London sides endures a poor run of form, David Moyes’ men will have to make do with a top-six finish at best.
Instead, the 51-year-old sees a Europa League victory as West Ham’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
"West Ham’s only hope of top four is if Arsenal or Spurs slip up or by winning the Europa League," he explained.
"I think top four is unrealistic, but there's a chance. It will be more to do with the failure of Spurs and Arsenal if they do it.
"A more realistic way they'll do it is if they qualify through the Europa League as the one-off games give them a better chance.
"I do think it's now unrealistic, though."
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