Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas cannot understand why the Europa League is so undervalued in England.
Villas-Boas’s career took off two years ago when he won the competition with Porto to cap a sensational season during which he won four trophies and replaced Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea. Although that move turned sour, the 34 year-old is still regarded as one of the most promising coaches in Europe. Former manager Harry Redknapp described participating in the tournament as a “punishment” and, although he was at pains to insist he was not criticising his predecessor, Villas-Boas insists the tournament is greatly undervalued in England.
“The profile of the competition is raised in other countries, but not England. I don’t understand it,” Villas-Boas said.
Tottenham: Lloris, Cudicini, Smith, Vertonghen, Gallas, Dawson, Caulker, Walker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend, Sandro, Mason, Defoe.