THREESY DOES IT FOR VILLAS-BOAS
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ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has told his Tottenham players to complete a hat-trick of away wins in Greece this week.
The Spurs boss takes a strong squad to Panathinaikos in the Europa League as he looks to build on victory at Old Trafford.
They also went to Carlisle and won in the Capital One Cup last week to turn around a poor start to the season.
“We now go to Panathinaikos and we are missing one match to complete the series,” AVB said.
“It will be important to get the win there to put us back on track in the group stage of the Europa League.”
Hugo Lloris is in the frame for a second Spurs start since his £12million move from Lyon after making his debut against Lazio when Group J got under way.
William Gallas could be rested to keep him fit for Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa.
Steven Caulker partnered Gallas in the win at Manchester United and the French veteran has been impressed with the youngster.
Gallas said: “I’m sure for the future he will be one of the best in England and I hope for him, if he works hard, that he will be one of the best.
“He did well in the match at United and what I like from him is that he likes to listen.
“He does his job well and he is focused. He is not afraid to play football or to go forward and that fantastic for him.”
Meanwhile, AVB insists he is ready to work with a director of football at White Hart Lane, with Spurs looking to recruit a high-profile name to deliver top players. AVB said: “I worked with one in Porto and Academica. It is a position I respect in football.
“It’s a common position in England. It’s the kind of position that I promote in an organisation, but it’s a decision that belongs to the club.
“We have to take that into account so in recent meetings I’ve been having with the chairman, it’s one thing that I will leave up to him because the club must also look into the future.”