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Why Tottenham will win the Europa League

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Tonight, Tottenham begin their European adventure once again as they travel to Georgia to take on Dinamo Tbilisi in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Last season, the north London outfit were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Europa League in fairly dramatic style as they lost to FC Basel on penalties.

However, one thing was very noticeable from Spurs' European campaign: Andre Villas-Boas was desperate to win the trophy and constantly played near enough his strongest team throughout the competition.

Unlike other managers, who enter the tournament, Villas-Boas believes the piece of silverware has great importance.

As most of us know, Villas-Boas' reputation hit the roof after, yes, a Europa League title - his Porto side defeated Braga in 2011 and the Portuguese coach was extremely proud of his European success.

At the time of winning the trophy, he told reporters: "Without a doubt this is a great feat. We have one trophy left for a memorable season.

"This has a huge emotional impact for us. Round after round, we kept believing more. Porto becomes an even more special club, even more unique."

Villas-Boas became the youngest manager, at the age of 33, to win a UEFA club competition.
And now, at Spurs, with all the discussions about his side looking to gain Champions League qualification this season, Villas-Boas will certainly be targeting another European trophy.

Don't get me wrong, he will be desperate to crack the Premier League's top four and enter Europe's elite competition in 2014/15 but, before he gets there, he will most certainly want to conquer the Europa League once more.

And, with his European experience and knowledge, he is the right man to win a European title for the White Hart Lane outfit.

Furthermore, the additions Villas-Boas has made this summer will certainly help his side compete in Europe.

He has players that will offer European experience, class and quality and his signings will give him more freedom with a squad that can now compete in Europe and in the Premier League without tiring.

Roberto Soldado could be the main-man to fire Spurs into European contention and despite the departure of Gareth Bale looking increasingly likely, the Lilywhites will have enough power in attack to be a real force this season.

The squad at Villas-Boas’ disposal is stronger than ever, it certainly has a look of a squad capable of challenging for major honours.

Willian looks set to be the latest recruit to link-up with Spurs – he's another player that has fine European experience and could play a key role at White Hart Lane this season.

If Villas-Boas is able to get his new-look team playing the way he wants to, then there could be no stopping his side this season.

Spurs fans, can you win the Europa League and finish in the Champions League qualification places this season?

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