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Tottenham Hotspur out to impress in Europa League

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Tottenham Hotspur could show everyone in Europe just how much they are improving under under Tim Sherwood against Dnipro on Thursday.

Sherwood has brought a positive mentality to White Hart Lane and Spurs have looked a stronger side as a result.

Although defeats they suffered against the top teams Manchester City and Liverpool were painful the north London club has shown resolve in the Premier League ever since, and are ready to extend their winning record in Europe.

Indeed, Tottenham have won their last eight matches in the Europa League, which is their best record in Europe since the 2006/2007 season, where Spurs finished top of their group with the maximum amount of point of 18.

The seven players the north Londoners brought last summer, thanks to Gareth Bale £87m transfer, are ready to make a massive impact across Europe and possibly win the tournament if the bookies are to be believed, they are the second favourites for the competition behind Juventus.

The Spurs boss has finally found the right structure to prove to everyone that Tottenham are a competitive team, and that any team in the continent must take them seriously in a two-legged tie.

Spurs last experience of a Ukrainian opponent was back in 2008/2009 season in a UEFA Cup round of 32 tie, where they lost 3-1 on aggregate against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane and losing 2-0 in Ukraine.

Dnipro head coach Juande Ramos will face his old club in a reunion that adds another layer to the tie. He succeeded in pulling Spurs out of the bottom three and also gave Tottenham their latest silverware with Carling Cup success.

The Ukraine team have lost two of their last three matches against an English team, and won just once.

Middlesbrough FC beat them on their first visit in England in 2005/2006, and Dnipro has lost on their second appointment in Britain.

The winner will face POAK FC or SL Benfica in the round of 16, and the first leg of the tie will be played at home.

In 2011/2012 Europa League group stage, Spurs drew 0-0 against POAK and suffered of a 2-1 defeat at home.

Moreover, Tottenham has lost 4-3 on aggregate on their only meeting with Benfica back in 1961/1962 European Cup semi-final. Benfica went to win the tournament by beating Real Madris 5-3 in the final at Amsterdam.

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