Villas-Boas “cannot understand” English attitude to Europa League

Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham Hotspur Andre Villas-Boas has condemned the negative approach that most English clubs have towards the Europa League.

He insists Tottenham will be taking the tournament seriously this year as they prepare for tonight’s match against Panathinakos, where AVB is expected to field his best available players.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp argued that the competition “kills you off” in the Premier League and used the Europa League to play youngsters and fringe players. On their last visit to Greece in the Europa League, Spurs’ Starting XI had an average age of just 23.

Villas-Boas however has the competition to thank for much of his success. The winner’s trophy was one of four acquired during his reign as head coach of F.C. Porto.

“I respect the competition. I certainly think it is viewed as a punishment in England and I cannot understand why. It is a traditional trophy.

“The profile of the competition is raised in other countries, but not England. I don’t understand it,” he said.

The Portuguese coach insists the Europa League is integral to Tottenham’s future adding, “For us to go on and eventually win the Champions League we have to get used to playing in these situations, both physically and mentally.”