Europa League not a distraction for Tottenham, insists Villas-Boas

Tottenham boss André Villas-Boas dismisses the suggestion that Spurs' Europa League run could be a distraction

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
andre villas-boas
André Villas-Boas's Spurs sealed a 3-2 aggregate win on Thursday Photo: Back Page Images

andre villas-boas

André Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions that Tottenham’s run in the Europa League could cause them to take their eye off the race for fourth place.

Tottenham set up a last-16 showdown with Inter Milan after edging past Lyon on Thursday night, with Spurs set to travel to West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday.

The north Londoners are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table, a point ahead of local rivals Arsenal.

But Villas-Boas insists that he is not concerned over his side’s domestic form, insisting that their European exploits can serve as an “inspiration”.

“After Europa League games we’ve always been good in the Premier League,” said the Tottenham boss. “I think it puts us in a good position to face West Ham.

“I don’t think it’s a distraction, I think it’s an inspiration and I hope it can be exactly that against West Ham.

“We don’t have to fear any team. People have respect for us. If you’re in a winning mood it’s important in the league.”

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Chelsea could make move for 24-year-old Man United target – transfer exclusive
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Legend tells Man United boss Jose Mourinho to make these two signings
The Sport Review
Roger Federer talks French Open decision, playing against fans, and enjoying his longevity
The Sport Review
Frank Lampard says Chelsea may have to make this key signing