December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Exclusive: Gylfi Sigurdsson says Tottenham’s players still regret their quarter-final exit in the Europa League last season as they prepare to face Anzhi Makhachkala tonight.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side progressed to the last eight of the tournament in 2012-13 before being knocked out by Basel in a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out.
And, as Tottenham gear up for this evening’s group match in Moscow, Sigurdsson says he and his team-mates are eager to banish the memories of that painful elimination by going all the way to the final.
“Europe’s really important,” he said. “We went almost as far as we wanted to last season, obviously losing on penalties. I think we’re still disappointed about that, the whole squad.
“It will be a difficult game against Anzhi, they’re a different team from last season [owner Suleyman Kerimov cut the club’s funding in August, forcing them to sell the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Willian]. It will be tough in Russia but hopefully we can get the three points.
“It’s a long trip but I think most of the boys are looking forward to playing in Russia and playing against a good team. The main aim is to get through the group as quickly as possible and make sure we’re there in the next stage.
“We want some silverware. The first aim is to get a Champions League spot but then we’ve got these cup competitions that we want to do well in – we want to win something this season.”
Sigurdsson was on target on Saturday as Spurs played out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane, netting his third goal in four games before seeing John Terry equalise in the second half.
“We conceded from a set piece, which is disappointing,” he said. “We’ve been defending really well this season and we’re happy with all of the clean sheets that we’ve been keeping, but that was the most disappointing thing for us – being 1-0 up and then drawing the game.
“We know how good we are and how good we can be, but it’s those games that make the difference at the end of the season – those two points.
“But we’ve been really good in the last few games so you can have that one disappointment during the season, and when you draw against Chelsea and you’re disappointed then I think that’s a good thing.”
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