Villas-Boas praises Tottenham’s Europa League campaign

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes his team raised the prestige of the Europa League in England, and praised his players for not using the competition as a reason to slack off in the Premier League, according to the BBC.

Spurs were beaten on penalties by Basel on Thursday evening, having drawn 2-2 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate, and played the whole of extra-time with 10 men, after Jan Vertonghen was dismissed. Tottenham went into the game missing Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, losing the tie 4-1 on penalties.

We made the country feel differently towards the competition,” Villas-Boas said, adding: “ We are extremely happy for setting a great example for English football and how to approach this competition.

To change the mentality towards this competition from one season to the other is very difficult. They have done it like heroes, played it like heroes because it was never an excuse for underperforming in the Premier League.

A Clint Dempsey double gave Tottenham a draw on the night but Tom Huddlestone saw his penalty saved while Emmanuel Adebayor put his effort high over the crossbar, presenting Marco Diaz with the opportunity to put his side into the semi-finals.

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