Hugo Lloris explains how Tottenham Hotspur intend to treat the Europa League

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur made it to the Round of 32 in the Europa League last season, before being knocked out by Fiorentina.

Hugo Lloris has confirmed to London24 that Tottenham Hotspur intend to take the Europa League seriously this season.

The competition has often been cited as a reason for poor Premier League form, due to its protracted nature, and, as a result, a number of English sides have played weakened sides in Europe to ensure that they are ready for their domestic schedule. 

However, Lloris insists that Spurs have no intention of rotating their team in the Europa League, ahead of his side's first match of this year's tournament, which takes place against FK Qarabag on Thursday. 

“I expect more from my mates, and from me as well, because we need to go as far as possible in that competition," he said. “We know it’s a trophy to get and when you have ambition you play only for winning. It’s also a possibility to get into the Champions League.

“To do that you need to get to the final and win the final. But it’s so far away, we’re just focus on the group stage and the target is to finish first in this stage.

“European competition is always important when you’re a player, when you’re a competitor and we know we need to win this first game because the next two games are away against good teams – Monaco and Anderlecht."

Tottenham took the Europa League fairly seriously last season, but they exited in the Round of 32, after a defeat to Fiorentina. 

In that tie Mauricio Pochettino was forced to name a slightly weakened line-up for both legs, as the matches took place very close to the Capital One Cup final, which Spurs ultimately lost to Chelsea. 

If Spurs are to progress further this year, then they will need to ensure that they are at the top of their game as the draw has not been kind to them.

Pochettino's men have been drawn in the same group as Anderlecht and Monaco, meaning they have a tough assignment if they are to make it to the knockout stages. 

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