Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes the club’s Europa League fixture with Lyon is the perfect opportunity to prove they belong in next season’s Champions League, the
Spurs are currently fourth in the Premier League – nominally the last place that offers entry into the Champions League, although they finished in the same position last season under Harry Redknapp but were denied entry to the competition when Chelsea won the tournament outright but only finished sixth in the league.
This season Tottenham are again in pole position for qualification and of the English sides remaining in the Champions League, only Arsenal are below them, and the Gunners must overcome a difficult tie with last year’s runners-up Bayern Munich if they are to progress to the latter stages.
Villas-Boas though feels Tottenham’s meeting with Lyon has all the hallmarks of a Champions League fixture too, as it pits one of Ligue 1’s pre-eminent sides against a Tottenham team who are always in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
He said: “I called it when the draw came out: ‘It’s like a Champions League tie.’ And I still feel the same way.
“Lyon is a club with ambitions to win trophies every season and a team that can cause problems for us. This game could be seen as a test of whether we’re good enough to play in the Champions League. Lyon represent a club with tremendous Champions League experience in recent years.”
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