Champions League football.
Spurs are currently on course to return to Europe’s top club competition, after a solid start to the Premier League season.
Lyon also missed out on a spot at the top table this term, but have a successful recent history in the competition having reached the quarter-finals consecutively between 2004 and 2006.
Villas-Boas feels that a tie against a team of the French outfit’s stature is suited to the Champions League and that it will show him just how ready his squad are for a potential spot in the tournament next season:
“I called it when the draw came out: ‘It’s like a Champions League tie.’ And I still feel the same way.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“Lyon is a club with ambitions to win trophies every season and a team that can cause problems for us. This game could be seen as a test of whether we’re good enough to play in the Champions League.”
With the Europa League representing Spurs’ last chance of silverware, they are expected to field a strong starting XI.
AVB confirmed that the competition will be taken seriously, referencing their previous achievements – champions in 1972 and 1984 – as motivation to succeed:
“We have high expectation for this cup, because of what it represents for the club in the past.
“We have embraced it in a different way, basically. It would be excellent to lift a trophy this season.”