Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas said being drawn against Lyon in the last 32 of the Europa League is "excellent" for the club and the much-maligned competition.
Villas-Boas says their tie - along with Liverpool's match-up with Zenit St Petersburg - would not look out of place in the UEFA Champions League.
The Europa League has not had the same impact in England as it has in many other countries, with Premier League clubs often fielding weakened teams in the competition.
Villas-Boas is however a supporter of the tournament and he says the draw should generate plenty of interest.
"Lyon is a tremendous tie for us in the sense that it gives this country, along with the Liverpool game, the chance to see wonderful Europa League fixtures being played," Villas-Boas said.
"Zenit-Liverpool and Tottenham-Lyon should both be considered like Champions League fixtures so I think this is something important for the competition, for how it's seen in this country.
"The fact that we play Lyon, who are used to being in the Champions League and used to winning trophies, it's an important reference for us.
"If we want to set our targets for Champions League qualification, this is the kind of team we will face, teams with a winning mentality, full of quality players.
"In that sense I think it's excellent for the publicity of the competition in this country."
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