Andre Villas-Boas prioritises league position over European silverware at Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas believes finishing in the top four is more important than winning the Europa League this season.

The Portuguese has given priority to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League over securing silverware in Europe's secondary competition.

Spurs leap-frogged London rivals Chelsea at the weekend after a Gareth Bale inspired 2-1 win away at Swansea, and Villas-Boas will be hoping his side can continue to push on in the Premier League and secure that top-four finish that the club crave.

The 35-year-old, however, has insisted that his players will be focused on the job at hand when they face FC Basel in their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday.

Tottenham have some very important matches coming up in the Premier league, welcoming both Everton and Manchester City to White Hart Lane and an away trip to Chelsea to contend with. 

Villas-Boas is defiant that his side will continue to do their job though, and says the aforementioned games are decisive to their final position at the end of the season. 

"You always get comfortable when you are further ahead from the pack but the other teams are so near," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"It is not the first time that the other teams have been so near to us and it shifts every week.

"The fact that we are going to be third this week doesn't put more or less doubt on ourselves or make us over-confident. We have to continue to do our job.

"It will depend probably on the fixtures against the teams who have the same objectives as us. We have Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea to come, if we can gather points in those games it could be decisive in terms of our final place in the league."

"We dream of winning trophies so our focus on the Europa League won't shift," the Spurs boss added.

"We understand that we have to keep the team fresh and we are able to rotate as we have top-quality players that allow us to do so. Now we are in the Europa League quarter-finals we can only dream of winning the trophy.

"It has the same importance as every game we play, although I understand that it is always the league position that determines the success of the season."

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