How should Spurs treat the Europa League?

by Matthew Harris on September 5, 2012

In amongst the media frenzy that led up to the closing of the transfer window on Friday, news of the Europa League and Capital One Cup draws was almost lost amongst the gossip and rumour.

As we all know, the club has been drawn away to Carlisle in the Cup while Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor await in the Europa League. That’s a tough draw in Europe but how should Spurs approach the competition?

We all remember last year when we fielded a mixture of youth and fringe players, while introducing the odd first team player – Modric etc – when things started to look desperate. We failed to progress but players such as Harry Kane and Tom Carroll will have benefitted from the experience.

If AVB uses the same approach, he has players such as Dawson and Hudd to call upon but the lack of striking depth could be an issue if he goes down this route.

Despite the tough opposition, Spurs are favourites to progress from that group and most bookmakers have them as joint 14/1 second-favourites to win the whole thing. They must have faith that we can do it so should we be going for the win?

The same question applies to the Capital One Cup – should we field the best side possible and go for the trophy or is a similar approach to last season the better option?

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