• Posted on: 26 July 2012
  • By: isport

New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he is not sure whether he will give Europa league the full attention after he has refused to commit to naming a strong starting line-up.

The Europa league has often been viewed as a distraction by many managers in their attempts to finish higher in the Premier league. Even after winning the trophy, the financial advantages are extremely low. It is one of the main reasons for managers to avoid playing their full strength teams in the Europa league. Harry Redknapp adopted this same policy at Tottenham, which paid dividends in the form of two fourth place finish in four seasons.

The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has also refused to commit to playing a strong starting line-up in these matches. Tottenham have qualified for the Europa league automatically after finishing in fourth position last season. Normally, it would have given them the opportunity to play in the Champions League qualification stages, but because of the title victory for Chelsea last season, they have to play in the Europa league. Tottenham have already secured the signing of the Belgian defender from Ajax, while they are looking to seal the deal for Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis.

“We would like to compete in the four competitions differently – particularly in the Europa League, which is the first European competition I won, and the only one. Hopefully I’ll get some more in the future. It’s also a competition which has so much history in this club, so we would like to extend our competition, in terms of titles, to all of them. I’m going to choose regarding what I see in training, because I’ve always done that," said Andre Villas-Boas in a recent press conference. Andre Villas-Boas has already won the Europa league with FC Porto.