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    FC Basel



White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Milorad Mazic | Attendance: 32136

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Tottenham Hotspur

  • Emmanuel Adebayor 40'
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson 58'

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FC Basel

  • Valentin Stocker 30'
  • Fabian Frei 35'

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Basel: Preview

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his side are better than tomorrow's Europa League quarter-final opponents Basle but is wary of the Swiss outfit's experience in European competitions.

Spurs welcome Basle to White Hart Lane for the opening leg of their quarter-final tie and the Barclays Premier League club have been labelled as favourites to progress to the final four.

Reigning Swiss Super League champions Basle have beaten the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Sporting Lisbon over the past two seasons - reaching the knockout phases of last year's Champions League in the process.

That recent record means Villas-Boas is taking nothing for granted as he looks to lead Spurs to their first piece of silverware since the 2008 League Cup triumph.

``Obviously they have recent European experience that we don't have,'' he said.

``They have got tremendous results in the past year with Man United and teams like Bayern - teams they have surprised. They are extremely successful and one of the best teams in the country.

``I'm sure that the key to the game will be both team's motivations and the quality of the individuals - we have to admit that we have superior players but, on the other hand, the experience Basle have and the fact they have played in the Champions League and are regular trophy winners, makes them also one of the favourites.''

Tottenham's task of securing a healthy first-leg lead have been dented with the news that England striker Jermain Defoe will miss the game through injury.

It is believed Defoe will not be missing for more than 10 days but the second leg in Switzerland next week could come too soon for the 30-year-old.

``Jermain has a muscle injury that is probably going to take him out of the next two games and maybe Basle away,'' Villas-Boas said.

``If he can't make Basle away he should be fit in the week when we prepare to play Manchester City.

``It is a big blow. It is on the muscle he had a small tear last month but it is on the other side now. He is a big miss and has shown tremendous quality this season.''

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has recovered from the knee problem that saw him miss Saturday's 2-1 win at Swansea and will be a part of the squad but, with Brad Friedel the preferred option in the Europa League, the France captain is likely to be among the substitutes tomorrow.

Basle coach Murat Yakin, meanwhile, will not send his team out with specific instructions on how to handle Tottenham forward Gareth Bale tomorrow night.

Yakin could be forgiven for issuing his players with strict guidelines designed to stop the in-form Wales international having an impact on the tie, with Bale's current goal tally for club and country this season already standing at 27.

But the former Switzerland defender would rather allow his team to play their natural game in north London.

``I have obviously got great respect for all teams in this country and they all have quality players,'' he said.

``In terms of Gareth Bale, we are looking to disrupt his game but we will not be going for man-to-man marking and indeed we will be looking to play our own game.

``That will hopefully effect Bale's game because we will be playing our own way and we will be able to affect Tottenham getting the ball to Bale.''

Yakin is targeting a goal to take back to Switzerland and will not be setting his stall out to defend at White Hart Lane.

``We know they have strengths at home and it will be a great challenge, but I believe we will be in a position to compete,'' he said.

``I don't see our role purely as defensive. I think we have the possibility to attack and score a goal. I think you need to score an away goal in this competition.

``We will see what happens but I know the players are looking forward to the game and to the atmosphere.''

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