Tottenham expecting tough task against Lyon in last 32 of Europa League
Tottenham general secretary Darren Eales expects a tough clash with Ligue 1's Lyon in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Last Updated: 20/12/12 3:07pm
The draw will see Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris face his former team-mates following his summer move from France to the Premier League.
"It's a tough draw and this is the first time in nine years they've not been in the Champions League," Eales told Sky Sports News.
"There are a lot of tough teams in the draw. We can ask Hugo the way to go and I think he will be excited about the chance to go back to his old team and play there."
If Tottenham get through the two legs, they could face Inter Milan next, provided the Italians get past Cluj.
Two years ago Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick in Milan for Tottenham against Inter in a UEFA Champions League match that eventually saw the north London side lose 4-3 in October 2010.
"If we do get Inter if we do get through, two years ago in the Champions League when Gareth Bale got that wonderful hat-trick - that's an exciting game but we have to think about Lyon first," Eales said.
And Eales believes Andre Villas-Boas has what it takes to lead Spurs to the European title after he engineered a win for former club Porto during a treble-winning first season in charge which saw his side also lift the Portuguese Cup and win the Primeira Liga.
"He's got the pedigree so hopefully he can do what he did with Porto two years ago and we can go all the way to (the final in) Amsterdam," he said.
"We want to be playing in European competition. We don't see why we can't have a successful Europa League campaign and do well in the league."
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