Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld admits supporting Anderlecht, but is in no mood for favours

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The Belgian international is determined to bring home the three points for Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his soft spot for Anderlecht but insists Spurs will be going all out for the three points tomorrow night.

The 26-year old has been instrumental in turning the Lilywhites’ defence from one of the leakiest last season to the joint best this term, but he was wary of the threat posed by the club from his homeland.

“The worst thing would be to underestimate Anderlecht,” he said in an interview with dhnet.be. “We are in a group as strong as the Champions League.

"When I was young, I supported Anderlecht in European competitions. And I played there with Ajax. I love the atmosphere at the Parc Astrid. But we are going to Brussels for the three points.

"We want to qualify as quickly as possible. The coach (Mauricio Pochettino) has not told us the team but we have played our two Europa League matches so far with such a team,” he added.

The Spurs boss named an almost full-strength side against Monaco in the last group game and his desire to qualify at the earliest possible opportunity suggests he won’t make a raft of changes for tomorrow’s clash in Belgium.

It’s a dangerous tactic - given the Premier League commitments just three days later - but it seems to be a risk Pochettino is willing to take.

Tottenham have a squad capable of winning the Europa League and this season might be the first time in a very long time, that they give it the required attention.

Finishing in the top four in a Premier League that is the most competitive it’s ever been is a huge ask, and a fully focused approach in Europe’s second-tier competition would provide a more feasible route to the Holy Grail of the Champions League.

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