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.”