THREESY DOES IT FOR VIL­LAS-BOAS

PANATHI­NAIKOS v TOT­TEN­HAM Europa League – Thurs­day, 6pm – Live on ITV4

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 - By MIKE MCGRATH

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.”

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