Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is expecting a tough test when his side kick off their Europa League campaign against Norwegian club Tromso on Thursday evening.

Tromso have had their struggles domestically this season - they sit just won place above relegation in the Tippeligaen - but bagged a win against table-toppers Rosenborg last weekend.

And Sigurdsson - who scored both goals in Tottenham's 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday - is expecting the Norwegians to be fired up for their visit to White Hart Lane.

“They’re playing at Tottenham Hotspur and that’s obviously something they’ll be looking forward to and it’ll be one of their biggest games of the season," said the 24-year-old.

“They’ll be up for the game, and come to us looking to make sure that they go home with three points.

“Coming here, there will be no pressure on them. But from our point of view we’re at home and we want to start this competition well, and we want to get the three points.”

Tromso are only reached the group stages of the competition after Besiktas - who beat them in qualifying - were kicked out for their part in match-fixing scandal in Turkey.

Appearing in their third Europa League in a row, Spurs will be looking to improve on their campaign last season which saw them go out to Basel in the quarter-finals.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas won the competition with former club Porto in 2011 and Sigurdsson is eager to emulate this feat.

“Personally I enjoyed it (the European run last season) and I think all the boys enjoyed it as well," added the Icelandic player.

"We were very disappointed with the way we went out against Basel last season in the penalty shootout, that’s something we want to improve on and [we want to] go far in this competition.” 

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