Panathinaikos v Tottenham preview

Spurs travel to Athens

Last Updated: 04/10/12 4:43pm

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Andre Villas-Boas: Wants to win Europa League

Andre Villas-Boas: Wants to win Europa League

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Tottenham travel to Athens to face Panathinaikos looking for their opening win in Group J of the Europa League.

First time out Spurs drew 0-0 with Lazio at White Hart Lane, which saw Andre Villas-Boas field a very strong line-up.

And the Portuguese tactician has his sights set firmly on European glory this year and he has no plans of playing a weakened side.

"I respect the competition. I certainly think it is viewed as a punishment in England and I cannot understand why. It is a traditional trophy," he said.

"You could build the most sensational team of all time out of Europa League winners."

Panathinaikos come into the game looking to get their Europa campaign back on track having been thumped 3-0 by Maribor in their opening game.

Team news

Brad Friedel has not travelled to Greece with the squad meaning Hugo Lloris is set to get his second start for the club, although Carlo Cudicini is also part of the squad and could feature.

Emmanuel Adebayor has not travelled with the team due to a hamstring injury,

but could be fit for Sunday's home game against Aston Villa.

Jake Livermore (groin), Younes Kaboul (knee), Kyle Naughton (foot), Scott Parker (Achilles) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) are all ruled out.

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