Tottenham: Villas-Boas praises Spurs striker

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for striker Jermain Defoe after he netted a brace to help his side book their place in group phase of Europa League.

The north London club were in the driving seat going into the Europa League play-off second leg against Dinamo Tbilisi after picking up a 5-0 win away from home last week.

Defoe has found first-team chances hard to come by in the opening stages of the next season with record £26million signing Roberto Soldado the preferred option.

However, the England international took full advantage of his opportunity and opened the scoring in his first start of the term.

The 30-year-old added a second just five minutes later on the stroke of half time after he latched on to the end of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross.

German midfielder Lewis Holtby scored his first goal for Spurs from 25 yards on 69 minutes to cap off a classy performance for the Premier League side.

The Portuguese revealed he was delighted with the professionalism on show from his men as they continued to go hunting for goals and didn’t allow any complacency to creep in.

Villas-Boas said: “Jermain has the goalscoring ability and once again he proved it.

“What we are trying to do is build a strong team with strong players and everyone has to compete for a place.

“We always want to make teams stronger than before so players who are in the top five of Tottenham’s all-time goalscorers can only make you stronger.”

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