Search

Spurs boss says Chelsea don’t derserve Europa League spot

08:00 07 December 2012

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the 3-1 win over Panathinaikos. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the 3-1 win over Panathinaikos. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

PA Wire

Andre Villas-Boas thinks destiny could pair Tottenham with Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but he insists the Blues do not deserve to be in the competition in the first place.

Spurs booked their place in the last 32 of the competition with a nervy 3-1 win over Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane tonight.

Having finished second in Group J, Tottenham will not be seeded in the second round of the competition, meaning they could face Benfica, Olympiacos or CFR Cluj, who drop in to the draw having been eliminated from the Champions League after finishing third in their respective groups.

Chelsea went out of the Champions League despite winning 6-1 against Nordsjaelland last night, but Villas-Boas will not be able to take on his former club until the next round as teams from the same country cannot face each other until the third round.

Villas-Boas, who won the competition with FC Porto in 2010, thinks it is unfair that the Blues, and the rest of the Champions League drop-outs, are allowed in to the tournament.

“I think it’s extremely unfair,” the Tottenham boss said.

“It would be much fairer if the clubs came in to the Europa League when they are knocked out of the last 16 of the Champions League.

“You can’t give a bonus to teams who have failed, and in the situation as it stands, teams fail in the Champions League and are promoted to the Europa League, which, in my opinion, is a massive bonus.

“I’ve not made this up today. I have said this in UEFA meetings before. It’s up to them to decide but I think it’s not fair.”

Villas-Boas took Chelsea through to the second round of the Champions League before he was sacked following the club’s first leg defeat to Napoli. He lasted just over eight months in the job.

The west London club then went on to win the tie before lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history under Roberto Di Matteo.

Villas-Boas admitted he felt let down by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich after his sacking and he thinks destiny could pit the two London clubs against each other in the last 16 of the competition should Spurs win beat their next opponents.

“Sometimes it’s destiny. Hopefully if we go through we can meet each other,” said Villas-Boas, who will learn who his team plays next on December 20.

“They have a team that can win the trophy, so they will be up to the late stages of the competition. We hope to do so. If we cross it is going to be two magnificent games for sure.”

Having won their last three Premier League matches, Tottenham were big favourites to beat Panathinaikos, who went in to the match without a win against a British side.

The Greeks played the better football in the first half, however, and despite Emmanuel Adebayor’s 29th-minute opener, Tottenham looked nervous.

Zeca pulled Pana level just after the break and Spurs had to withstand some heavy pressure before Jermain Defoe and an own goal from Orestis Karnezis eased the tense atmosphere inside White Hart Lane.

“Panathinaikos put in a good performance, they were very well organised,” Villas-Boas said.

“When they equalised it brought a bit more emotion into the game.

“They had a big chance at 1-1, but it would’ve been unfair if we had lost. It was a good solid performance during the 90 minutes. We managed to hold on and score which was important for us.”

Panathinaikos coach Juan Roman Rocha was proud of his players despite their elimination from the competition.

He said: “It was a good performance. We had some hope but it was always going to be a very difficult game against Tottenham. They are one of the Premier League challengers.

“Maybe we could have nicked it but in the end we cannot dwell on the past, it is finished and we have to look forward to the next game.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino took to Twitter to express his anger after his club blocked his desired move to Tottenham again

Spurs endured a disastrous transfer deadline day as they failed with their final attempts to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, leaving them badly short of options up front.

Yesterday, 15:38
Rob Nelson took a key wicket for Brondesbury as they got a winning draw against Enfield. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury’s six-match winning run was ended by Enfield but they are still in the promotion fight as they go into the final weekend of the season.

Yesterday, 13:53
Rob Laney (centre) celebrates his goal, and Wingate's third, against Metropolitan Police on Monday. Pic: David Stevens/Wingate&FinchleyFC

Wingate & Finchley continued their hugely promising start to the season by securing another four points over the bank holiday weekend, leaving them third in the table and just one point off the top.

Mon, 15:41
Will Vanderspar enjoyed a fine all-round display for North Middlesex. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex ended their four-game losing streak in style, beating second-placed Richmond by eight wickets and deciding the title battle in the process.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder