Michel Vorm suggests why Asteras Tripolis will be motivated against Tottenham

Michel Vorm

Playing at home against a ‘big team’ will help Asteras Tripolis against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Michel Vorm.

The Dutch goalkeeper is set to make his first European start for Spurs on Thursday evening, with first-choice stopper Hugo Lloris suspended from action.

The 31-year-old has experience in the Europa League, having featured in the competition with former club Swansea City, and he will be looking to use the game in Greece as an opportunity to impress head coach Mauricio Pochettino with the return of the Premier League at the weekend. With the Swans, Vorm was first-choice ‘keeper as the Welsh club reached the round of 32 of last season’s iteration of the tournament, having successfully qualified from their group following two preliminary rounds.

Having defeat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 at White Hart Lane last month, Spurs will enter the game high on confidence, as they look to secure their passage through to the next round of the Europa League, but Vorm - who has made just two appearances in the League Cup for the Lilywhites following his £3.5 million move from Swansea - believes that the Greek side will be well up for the challenge - with the chance to defeat a ‘big team’ at home enough to motivate the side.

Speaking to the official Spurs website, Vorm said: “They want to play well for their home crowd.

“They want to play well against a big team, and so it won’t be easy.

“But it is a game we definitely need to win as well, so that we can show what we are capable of in the Europa League.”

Heading into the game, the positive news for Spurs fans is that in-form Academy graduate Harry Kane is to start in Greece, with Pochettino confirming that the club are taking the competition seriously this year - with Champions League qualification guaranteed for the eventual winners of the tournament.

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