£30m Spurs star insists all competitions are of equal worth

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Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela says that the club value all competitions equally this season.

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela says that every competition that the club enter this season carries equal importance.

The Argentine winger believes that the Europa League is just as valuable to the team as winning any other trophy available to them. 

Tottenham are currently preparing to face Asteras Tripolis in Greece in Europe's secondary competition and it seems that the squad will be determined to pick up a result to help them move closer to qualifying from their group. 

“The Europa League is a big competition for us and, while every competition is equally important to us, our mindset is good and we’re looking forward to it," Lamela told the Spurs website

“We’re motivated to go there and win but we’re fully aware that every away game in the Europa League is not easy.

“It will be tough but we’re up for the challenge.”

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham boss, has said that he wants to deliver a trophy in the near future to the club's fans and the Europa League may represent a good chance for him to do that.

Spurs are amongst the bookies' favourites to win the competition at this stage, although the Champions League drop-outs are still yet to enter, and they have moved into a commanding position in the group.

Spurs hammered Asteras at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture and they will be hoping for a similarly easy success tonight.

They should have enough quality to get past the Greek outfit, but the atmosphere is sure to be a hostile one as the hosts look to cause an upset. 

Pochettino is expected to pick a strong side to face Asteras, though, to give his side the best possible chance of picking up the three points and if he does Lamela is likely to be involved.

The Argentine has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but he has still been frustratingly inconsistent and he will need to start maintaing his high standards if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lamela was dropped to the bench in the club's last league fixture, against Aston Villa, so he will be looking to prove that he should be back in the starting line-up with a stand-out performance tonight. 

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