Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero admits wanting to avoid Tottenham Hotspur in Europa League

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris in action with Fiorentina's Borja Valero

The Spaniard does not want to play Spurs again.

Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat against Monaco in the Champions League this week saw them knocked out of the elite competition. Now they will be hoping to make it into the Europa League as the third-placed team in their group – although they will need to avoid defeat in their game against CSKA Moscow in their final fixture at Wembley if they are to make it.

If they do it will not be an easy run for them in the Europa League. There are some strong teams in the competition, including the Italian side Fiorentina.

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris in action with Fiorentina's Borja ValeroTottenham's Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris in action with Fiorentina's Borja Valero

Of course, Spurs know all about La Viola. They have played them in their last two Europa League campaigns. Fiorentina take on PAOK Salonika tonight, hoping to secure their place in the next round of the competition as group winners.

One of the club’s players has been speaking to Sky Italia about their chances tonight and admitted his hope that they avoid Spurs in the competition this term. Spanish midfielder Borja Valero stated:

Fiorentina's Milan Badelj in action with Tottenham's Eric DierFiorentina's Milan Badelj in action with Tottenham's Eric Dier

“Let's take the qualification, then we avoid Tottenham.

“"I would not want to revisit Tottenham; I would like to go to a new place. But first we have to qualify and win.”

Last season saw Tottenham triumphant against Fiorentina. After a 1-1 draw in Florence they went on to beat the Serie A side 3-0 at White Hart Lane before eventually going out against Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip IlicicTottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip Ilicic

In 2014-15 it was a different story. La Viola defeated Spurs in the round of 32, 3-1 on aggregate.

Best of three? Valero is clearly not keen.

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