Astra Giurgiu boss says beating West Ham would be 'like winning championship'

Upton Park

West Ham United could only draw 2-2 with the Romanians at Upton Park.

West Ham United face a steep challenge in making it to the Europa League after they suffered an embarrassing 2-2 draw at home with Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu.

For the Astra boss Marius Sumudica however, the feeling at the Boleyn Ground this Thursday gone seems to be incomparable.

He has been speaking to Ziua News in Romania when he gushed about the result, saying that knocking West Ham out of the Europa League would compare to winning a Championship:

"It's the best team that I have encountered in my coaching career.

“The second half was definitely the best in my coaching career.

“West Ham's elimination would amount to winning a championship.If you remove a team that is rated at 150 million pounds, that you have value. Only the attacking trio worth over 50 million pounds.”

West Ham have certainly found it difficult in the Europa League so far.

Aftter comfortably beaten lowly Andorran side Lusitanos they were taken to extra time and penalties by Maltese Cup winners Birkirkara.

Now Astra, who finished fourth in the Romanian top-flight last season, have the advantage for the second leg in Romania – after West Ham threw away a two-goal lead at Upton Park to only take a 2-2 draw to Romania.

Discipline issue?

West Ham have once again suffered because of a red card. James Collins’ red card against Astra was their third in five games in Europe this season.

Astra’s boss suddenly has hopes of knocking the Premier League side out of the competition and if The Hammers cannot keep 11 men on the pitch, he might just make his dreams come true.

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