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No rotation for Spurs

13 Mar 2013 21:17:40

No rotation for Spurs

Andre Villas-Boas has no plans to rest his best players as Tottenham look to complete their demolition of Inter Milan without the services of Gareth Bale.

Spurs have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League after Bale inspired the team to a 3-0 victory in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.

Although Tottenham lost ground in their own hunt for Champions League qualification when they lost to Liverpool, Villas-Boas is determined to land the Europa League trophy and will resist the temptation to rest Aaron Lennon, Mousa Dembele and Jermain Defoe. "No chance," the Tottenham manager said when asked if was considering a weakened team.

"There is no scoreline that could make us change six or seven players so we will play a strong team to make sure we go through in this competition. We take this game very seriously."

One star man Villas-Boas has no other option than to do without is Bale, who received a one-match suspension for his third caution of the competition last week. Tottenham have dropped seven points from the eight games Bale has not played in this season, and Villas-Boas is confident that Spurs will be fine without their talisman.

"We've been in situation where he is not with us and we got results," the 35-year-old said.

"Gareth can make a difference in any game, we know. We will miss him but we won't want to prove anything without him because we believe a lot in ourselves and also we believe in Gareth. It's not a case of proving anything. We just want to do our job to get through."

Making the last eight of the competition at the expense of a club who have won three Champions Leagues and 18 Serie A titles would reaffirm Tottenham's position as favourites to reach the final and lift the trophy in Amsterdam on May 15.

"We had very difficult draws for the last 32 and last 16 in Lyon and Inter Milan. They are two teams used to playing Champions League football and who are full of European experience," Villas-Boas said.

"It's been a brilliant experience so far and it shows the route we've chosen to take, by playing it seriously, has paid off in terms of these fixtures, which has been amazing. Hopefully if we can manage to overcome Inter we can put ourselves in a strong position (to win it), although we admit there are still some very strong teams in the mix."


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