Lew can Spurs ’em on to glory

TOT­TEN­HAM v LYON Kick-off 8.05pm – ITV1 Skip­per tells Blues to skip Euro hang­over

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

LEWIS HOLTBY is con­vinced Spurs are plot­ting a course for Europa League glory.

Holtby will boost Tot­ten­ham’s con­ti­nen­tal know-how dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son af­ter ar­riv­ing from Ger­man club Schalke last month.

And he is con­vinced there is no rea­son why An­dre Vil­lasBoas’s side can’t com­bine a top four bid with success on the con­ti­nent.

The mid­fielder said: “I played in the Europa League last sea­son with Schalke, I think we went to the quar­ter-fi­nals, but Spurs are able to do big things.

“I’m not say­ing that if we don’t win the cup we’ll be dis­ap­pointed, but I think we have the team and squad to get that tro­phy.”

Spurs boss Vil­las-Boas faces a dif­fi­cult se­lec­tion de­ci­sion when it comes to nam­ing his No.1 for the clash with Lyon. Hugo Lloris – signed from Lyon last sum­mer – has emerged as the first-choice keeper, with Brad Friedel op­er­at­ing as deputy.

But the Tot­ten­ham chief is ex­pected to give Friedel game time, be­fore re­call­ing Lloris for an emo­tional home­com­ing.

Like Holtby (right), Lloris reck­ons Spurs are on the rise and ready to step up the tempo.

He said: “For the minute, the sea­son has been promis­ing, but the hard­est part is yet to come as there are still a num­ber of key matches to play.”

Lyon boss Remi Garde ex­pects Lloris to be mo­ti­vated for the re­turn leg.

He said: “It will be spe­cial for Hugo, es­pe­cially at the Stade de Ger­land.

“Hopefully he won’t be ea­ger to shine, but ac­tu­ally I’m sure he will.” their frag­ile con­fi­dence. As well as ex­it­ing the Cham­pi­ons League, they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Euro­pean Su­per Cup, were beaten in the fi­nal of the Club World Cup and knocked out by Swansea in the semi­fi­nal of the Cap­i­tal One Cup.

But they ar­rive in Prague on the back of a much-needed league win over Wi­gan.

And Ben­itez’s side will be able to re­flect on a pos­i­tive week if they can se­cure vic­tory over Sparta and fol­low up with an FA Cup tri­umph against Brent­ford.

Frank Lam­pard – who has still not been of­fered a new deal – ad­mits they des­per­ately need a lift.

He said: “We have to grasp the fact that there are a lot of games to play and we have to try to win some­thing.”

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