AVB: Lyon Is An Excellent Draw

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas has hailed his sides draw against Lyon in the last 32 of the Europa League as 'excellent' for the club and the competition.


The Europa League has not had the same impact in England as it has done in many other countries across Europe and former Spurs boss use to field a weakened team in the competition. However new boss AVB has taken the competition as one of his top priorities and believes the draw should interest a lot of people.


"Lyon is a tremendous tie for us in the sense that it gives this country, along with the Liverpool game, the chance to see wonderful Europa League fixtures being played," Villas-Boas said.


"Zenit-Liverpool and Tottenham-Lyon should both be considered like Champions League fixtures so I think this is something important for the competition, for how it's seen in this country.


"The fact that we play Lyon, who are used to being in the Champions League and used to winning trophies, it's an important reference for us.


"If we want to set our targets for Champions League qualification, this is the kind of team we will face, teams with a winning mentality, full of quality players.


"In that sense I think it's excellent for the publicity of the competition in this country."