Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham return for Andre Villas-Boas in Europa League

Mauricio Pochettino believes it will be a special occasion if Andre Villas-Boas has to face Tottenham in the Europa League.

Villas-Boas left White Hart Lane almost exactly one year ago, following a series of poor results that left Spurs in seventh place in the Premier League table.

Despite registering the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager in the Premier League era, the Portuguese coach could not live up to the expectations wanted of him in North London, and, although he left the club by ‘mutual consent’, many believe he was pushed out the door by chairman Daniel Levy.

Just over three months after his departure from Tottenham, the 37-year-old took a new job in Russia, taking charge of Zenit Saint Petersburg in the knock-out stages of the Champions League and Russian Premier League. He failed to guide them to the latter stages of the European Cup, but he clinched a second placed finish in domestic action, finishing the season just one point below winners CSKA Moscow.

He has since started the season in tremendous form, sitting seven points clear of CSKA in first place, although European success once again fell short, as Zenit finished in third place in their group behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen to fall into the Europa League.

With Spurs losing to Besiktas last week and finishing second in their group, the North London club could be drawn with Zenit in the last 32 of the Europa League, meaning Villas-Boas could be set for a potential return to White Hart Lane in the early months of 2015.

Current head coach Mauricio Pochettino is keen on facing his ‘friend’ Villas-Boas, and the Argentine coach believes that it will be a special occasion should he return to the club.

“Andre is my friend. I had a great relationship with him before, so why not?” Pochettino was quoted by London24.

“Maybe if he plays Tottenham it will be special for him to come to the club again.”

Tottenham will find out their round of 32 opponents on Monday afternoon.

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