Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker has admitted that winning the Europa League would mean more to him than finishing in the top four of the Premier League and reaching next season’s Champions League, the
Spurs’ Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that the team’s league placing at the end of the season is most important but Parker, who has a paltry medal collection to show for his long career, feels that every professional footballer would value a trophy over a top four spot.
Parker missed out on a league winners’ medal with Chelsea in 2004/05 after failing to play enough games, and did not receive a League Cup winners’ medal in the same season since he was injured for the final. But having seen the celebrations on both occasions, Parker wants to experience that with Tottenham and believes he can in the Europa League.
“As a player, there is nothing more rewarding than going to a final and lifting a trophy but we knew at the outset what we needed to do this season. So we’ll probably look to take both,” Parker, who has won only an Intertoto Cup with Newcastle and the old First Division title with Charlton, said.
“I know for a fact that every one of us in that changing room wants to go on and try to win something,” he added. “The Europa League is a big competition, with big teams in it, and if you win it, you’ve done bloody well.”
Tottenham face Swiss side Basle in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday, playing the first leg at White Hart Lane with the return meeting taking place a week later.
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