Michail Antonio expressed his hopes to play European Championship his brace puts West Ham hopes alive to gatecrash top four
Michail Antonio says they can play in the UEFA Champions League after his brace helps West Ham to beat Burnley 2-1.
In the Premier League, Michail Antonio scored twice to win over Burnley, West Ham hopes are alive to gatecrash top four to play UEFA Champions League as they are at 5th spot in the points table with 58 points. Antonio’s powerful header and deft touch helped West Ham to seal a victory with a score of 2-1.
West Ham's @Michailantonio told #MNF he no longer celebrates goals with a dance due to VAR and fear of goals being disallowed after he netted twice in his side's 2-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/IcgywV5F7h
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 4, 2021
On the prospect of playing in European club football’s elite competition, Antonio expressed his thoughts to see his club playing UEFA Champions League after struggling all the years in the bottom zones in the points table. Antonio in the post-match interview expressed his thoughts.
“It would be unbelievable. Every boy wants to play in the Champions League. This is my sixth year now and there have been so many seasons where we’re fighting at the bottom of the table trying to stay in the league.”
“Now we have an opportunity with the top four to go for the Champions League and it’s a dream come true. We’re not going to give up on it, we’re going to keep fighting and keep pushing. I’m a person where I’ve had a couple of goals disallowed through VAR, I don’t want to be there doing a dance and then a goal gets disallowed. It’s a bit embarrassing, ‘I’ve toned down the celebrations because I don’t want to be doing a dance. There’s a couple of times where I’ve been about to do it, and then a handball and stuff VAR’s killed it.”
“Pablo shot, it’s bobbling everywhere. I’ve hit it with my right, straight onto my left so I can get the perfect hat-trick, but it just didn’t work out for me! I’ve now adjusted to it. At the beginning I didn’t really like it, having my back to the game,’ Antonio admitted. I like to get it out wide and basically run at people, but now I’m getting used to it and getting those opportunities to score goals. The best thing in football is scoring goals.”
“He’s making sure that we work hard. The first thing he said to us when he came in, he showed us our running stats. I think we were 19th on running stats and now we’re fourth or fifth. He said we’ve got the quality, the players to do things, but if we don’t run and work hard for the team then it’s not going to be good enough.”
West Ham United FC left with four more games to play and they will look forward to winning ways to make it happen. So, to play in the elite competition in European football.