Spurs take another break from Premiership duty this week as the team gets ready for the long trip to face Anzhi Makhachkala in this week’s round of Europa League matches. Tottenham head the group after that comfortable win over Tromso last time out and another win here could virtually seal qualification among a set of relatively weak opposition.

Hugo Lloris may not feature in the game but our first choice keeper underlined the importance of back to back victories.

“It’s our first away game in this competition so it’s important to keep our confidence and go to win, and to get three more points,” said Lloris on the club’s official website.

“I think in this competition it’s important to qualify as quickly as possible, and so to go in that direction we need to win all our games in the first meeting.”

Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has previously bemoaned a heavy fixture schedule but Lloris insists the players have a professional attitude to their workload.

“We are professional and we are focussed only about the game,” he added. “We know that the trip is long, but the club and the staff help us to be in the best condition.

“There is a good atmosphere in the squad and we are happy to be all together.”

Early qualification would ease the burden for many of the first team squad and give AVB the opportunity to introduce some fringe members and victory in Thursday’s clash should virtually guarantee that – even at this early stage.




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