Sheriff Tiraspol v Tottenham: No complacency from Villas-Boas


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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is not willing to let his side get complacent ahead of their Europa League clash against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night.

Spurs go into this game on the back of two wins in the competition and a third in Transnistria in Moldova would give them a great chance of qualifying as Group K winners ahead of the knockout stages.

The north London outfit would even be guaranteed a place in the next phase of the Europa League with a victory, provided Norwegian club Tromso can hold Anzhi Makhachkala to a draw in Thursday’s other encounter in the group.

Despite their flying start to their European campaign, Villas-Boas is not willing to get too carried away and the Portuguese tactician has urged his side to make the most of their chance to extend their lead in the group.

He told the club’s website: “We have a big opportunity to get to nine points and maybe qualify at such an early stage.

“That motivation is key for us and is a big opportunity.”

The clash with Sheriff Tiraspol could give an opportunity to striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has not featured in the Tottenham first-team this season, having turned down a move away from White Hart Lane over the summer to fight for his place.

Meanwhile, Spurs have received another boost with the news winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from a foot injury and could also start in what should be a strong line-up, even without Etienne Capoue (ankle), Danny Rose (toe) and Younes Kaboul (adductor) who are still sidelined.

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