Dembele urges strong start

New signing says Tottenham can 'achieve something'

Mousa Dembele: Desperate for Spurs to start Europa League campaign with a win

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has urged his team-mates to make a strong start to their Europa League campaign against Lazio on Thursday night.

Andre Villas-Boas has placed winning the competition high on his list of priorities, having won it two years ago with FC Porto.

And the £15million deadline day signing from Fulham insists the North London club must get off to the best possible start with three points against a Lazio side who have who have won all three matches in Serie A so far this term.

Dembele, 25, is hopeful the club can make a smooth progression to the knockout stages, although he's expecting a tough couple of games in Group J.

After Thursday night's clash, Spurs travel to Panathinaikos before hosting Slovenian side Maribor.

"Lazio is a big team and I think Panathinaikos will be difficult too so that's why we have to win this game tomorrow so we can go (to Greece) with more confidence," Dembele said.

"This is a very important competition for us. There are some good teams in this competition but I think we can do something in it."

The Belgian, who came off the bench to score against Norwich on his debut and then excelled in Sunday's 3-1 win over Reading is happy he moved to White Hart Lane and thinks the club could be set to achieve something special under their new manager.

"I am very happy to play for Spurs now. It's a very big club," Dembele said. "I have just been here a few weeks but I have already seen that there is a lot of quality in the side we are a very good team.

"I was surprised about how good they were in training and that gives me confidence that we can achieve something."