English teams will respect Europa League after Tottenham’s adventure claims AVB
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes the respect given by English teams to Europe’s second-tier of competition, the Europa League has changed the attitude towards the competition.
In spite of a shocking exit at the hands of Basel, Andre Villas-Boas claims Tottenham Hotspur’s exploits in the UEFA competition has given English team a reason to respect Europa League.
Tottenham Hotspur’s adventurous campaign in the Europa League ended in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out after Andre Villas-Boas’ team was reduced to 10-men. In spite of the tragic exit, Andre Villas-Boas managed to find a silver lining from his loss.
Andre Villas-Boas asked his men to walk with their chin up despite defeat. The White Hart Lane boss claims Tottenham Hotspur’s exploits in the Europa League deserved praise.
“Obviously we are disappointed not to go through as we had high ambitions for this competition,” Andre Villas-Boas told ITV Sport. “My first thoughts are for the players because they set for the country a great, great example in the Europa League this season.
“We had to dig in deep to hold on, we wanted to reach penalties to be in with a chance. It didn't go our way in the penalties, but we are extremely happy with the performance here tonight.
“The way they played every Thursday and Sunday, the commitment they made to the competition, it showed the country that we could approach this competition in a different way.
For this example to come from Tottenham is something I will always cherish, the change of approach. We made the country feel differently about the competition, but we have seen most of the teams change their approach to a competition that now means a lot.
“Although this is a great disappointment, we have set a great standard for the future. Hopefully it will go a little better in the future because it couldn't go any worse than it did tonight.”
Elsewhere, former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Alan Sugar was infuriated by the London club’s exit from Europa League. Lord Alan Sugar put all blame on Andre Villas-Boas and suggested the Tottenham Hotspur board to fire the Portuguese.
“AVB should be fired,” Lord Alan Sugar wrote on his Twitter account. “No tactics. Been lucky up till now with results. How can he put Huddlestone as pen taker. Then Adebayor you knew would miss.”