Villas-Boas impressed by Lamela and Defoe in Tottenham Europa League win

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has praised Erik Lamela for his performance against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League as the club sealed progression to the next stage of the competition with a 2-1 victory, as well as Jermain Defoe for setting a new club European goals record, Sky Sports has reported.

Lamela, a summer signing from Roma, scored Spurs’ opening goal and helped win the penalty later converted by Defoe to surpass Martin Chivers’ tally. Villas-Boas suggested after the final whistle that it was about time Lamela showed why Tottenham brought him to White Hart Lane from Serie A, and said there is more to come from the Argentinean in future. “We were waiting for a good performance from him and I think we got it today,” Villas-Boas said.

We have been patient with him and he has delivered with a game in which he had no fear, took people on and created a lot,” the Portuguese added. “We saw some signs for what he can do for us and hopefully now he can progress.

Defoe’s penalty, meanwhile, was his 23rd European goal for Tottenham and Villas-Boas predicted it would be a record that would stand the test of time. “We are all particularly happy for him,” he said. “It is a great honour and will stay in time like Martin’s and will be very difficult to break.

I hope it means this club will continue on this competition in to the later stages to make it even more prestigious for him.

Tottenham have yet to clinch top spot in Group K but have won all four of their matches so far. They travel to Tromso in Norway in late November and host Anzhi Makhachkala in December in the final two matches of the group.

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