Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes Basle were the best team to play at White Hart Lane this season after their Europa League quarter-final first-leg ended in a 2-2 draw, according to Sky
The Swiss side took a two-goal lead after 35 minutes of the first-half, scoring twice in five minutes, before Emmanuel Adebayor pulled a goal back. Scott Parker missed a presentable chance to equalise before half-time but a deflected Gylfi Sigurdsson effort put Spurs level after the break.
Villas-Boas did not hide his appreciation for Basle’s performance, however, saying: “ This Basle team was probably the best team I have ever seen at White Hart Lane. All the recognition goes to a top opponent who we had to play here tonight.”
However, the Portuguese added that he remained confident his side could progress after the second-leg, to be played next week. “I think we limited the damage to give us the possibility of still getting through,” Villas-Boas said. He continued: “Within all the negatives, there is the positive of still being in the tie and going away from home to try and get through. It wasn’t a bad result, everyone has great belief we can go through.”
Spurs did however suffer a number of injuries on the night, with Aaron Lennon having to be replaced by Sigurdsson in the first-half, William Gallas limping off late in the match and Gareth Bale having to be stretchered off near the final whistle after appearing to injure his ankle.
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