Andre Villas-Boas wary of Basel

AVB wary of Basel
© PA Photos
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas believes that Basel will provide a tough challenge for his side in Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Basel will provide a tough challenge for his side in Thursday's Europa League quarter-final tie.

Spurs will host the Swiss champions at White Hart Lane in the first leg of their last-eight encounter.

"When it comes to the quality of the individuals, we have to admit that we have the superior players," Villas-Boas is quoted as saying by Goal.com.

"But on the other hand the experience that Basel have - the fact that they have played Champions League, the fact that they are regular trophy winners, their recent European experience - also makes them one of the favourites.

"They put out Zenit [St Petersburg], which was a very strong team, and we expect a tough game."

Tottenham will be without Jermain Defoe for the game after the striker was ruled out with a muscular injury.

Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas during the match against West Brom on February 3, 2013
Read Next:
Villas-Boas rues Defoe injury
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton2349102334-1121
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand