Dec 12, 2013 at 8.05pm UK at ​White Hart Lane
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Anzhi MakhachkalaAnzhi Makhachkala
Soldado (7', 16', 70' pen.), Holtby (54')
Holtby (20'), Naughton (88')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Ewerton (44')
Grigalava (34'), Maksimov (52')

Roberto Soldado not guaranteed Premier League return

Spur's Roberto Soldado in action during a friendly match against Espanyol on August 10, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas remains tight-lipped about whether Roberto Soldado will be given first-team football in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that Roberto Soldado is not guaranteed a place in his starting XI despite bagging a hat-trick in Thursday night's 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Spaniard has been dropped in favour of Jermain Defoe for the past two Premier League matches, and the Portuguese offered no indication that the pecking order has changed.

"We have to think about it," PA quotes him as saying.

"It's a bit premature. We always wanted to give this game to Roberto after two games in a row for Jermain, who was deserving his chance as well. Now it's about putting the best possible strategy of the game and seeing what we can do.

"What this will help is put the player back with confidence with his final touch and a striker always lives off goals so it's extremely important."

Spurs take on Liverpool at home in the Premier League this Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League Group K football match Tottenham vs Anzhi Makhachkala at White Hart Lane on December 12, 2013
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