Tottenham managed Andre Villas-Boas thinks that his side’s efforts in the Europa League will encourage other English clubs to take the competition more seriously.
The London club crashed out of the Europa League last night after losing on penalties following their 2-2 quarter-final draw with FC Basel, but the Spurs boss feels that his team’s efforts in the competition have helped to raise its profile.
Clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea have used the competition as a way for fringe first team players to get game time, where as Villas-Boas has opted to use the strongest line up available to him in most of their games in Europe.
And, although Tottenham’s Europa League hopes came to a premature end, the Portuguese coach thinks that because of this other English clubs will now take the competition more seriously and will try their hardest to win it.
“I'm disappointed not to go through as we had high ambitions for the competition,” Villas-Boas told ITV after the match, according to the Daily Mail. “My first thoughts are for the players, who have set the country a great example.
“The way they approached the Europa League, playing every Thursday and Sunday, and their commitment showed the country it was possible to do it in a different way. We made the country feel different towards the competition.
“Unfortunately Newcastle are out too but we've seen most of the English teams change their approach towards a competition that has now started to mean a lot.
“We're happy although this is a great disappointment, because we've set a standard for the future. I think next time we'll go a little bit better.”
It remains to be seen whether other managers will believe that the Europa League is a worthwhile competition to be in, with Tottenham showing that even if you do play your strongest team you could always end up on the wrong side of the penalty lottery.