West Ham 5-0 Freiburg: David Moyes praises West Ham's 'brilliant achievement'

West Ham celebrate
West Ham have reached their third consecutive European quarter-final

West Ham manager David Moyes has described reaching a third successive major European quarter-final as a "brilliant achievement".

The Hammers registered their biggest European win by beating Freiburg 5-0 at the London Stadium.

They will be part of Friday's Europa League last-eight draw - the first time they have reached that stage in three successive seasons.

Goals from Lucas Paqueta, Jarrod Bowen, Aaron Cresswell and a brilliant Mohamed Kudus double also took West Ham to their biggest win since Moyes came back to the club in December 2019. That was when they faced a battle to beat the drop, which wasn't avoided until the final couple of games.

Moyes admitted he couldn't imagine the progress West Ham have made since then.

"I am really pleased able to give West Ham something," he said. "I didn't want to be managing team at the bottom of league. I wanted to be managing a team challenging and, in the main, we have been that.

"The club has moved on so much in the last few years. Avoiding relegation, making Europe, getting there a second year, winning a trophy, and now a quarter-final. It is a brilliant achievement. It is hard to say how good it has been and we have also brought in some really good players."

One of the most recent is Kudus.

The Ghana star has not been the most consistent performer since his arrival from Ajax last summer.

However, even with the tie already secured, he lit up the London Stadium with a superb late double.

Kudus' first effort was a solo run through the middle of the pitch, which the Freiburg defence was unable to stop. The second was a brutal shot there was no chance of keeping out.

"The first one reminded me of those old dribbling wingers who used to run and take people on, with snakey hips to find a way through," said Moyes. "It was a brilliant individual goal - a real Roy of the Rovers type goal."