Europa League news

Villas-Boas not taking Anzhi lightly

October 3, 2013
By ESPN staff

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has suggested he will send a strong squad out to face Anzhi Makchkala in the Europa League on Thursday, despite admitting the Russian side are "radically different" from last season.

Anzhi sold a number of their stars, including Samuel Eto'o and Willian, over the summer after billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov withdrew his backing of the club.

With the club now forced to operate on a significantly lower budget, they have slipped to the bottom of the Russian Premier League and are expected to be easily accounted for by Spurs.

But Villas-Boas insists he will be taking the trip very seriously.

"They are radically different from what Anzhi built in these past years," he said. "The changes are so radical and dramatic that you find it hard to recognise the team and the project they set out to do in the beginning.

"It looks apparent that staying in the league has become their priority. They've got one point out of the game against Sheriff so it's going to be a difficult game with difficult conditions. We don't want to come here and play with the competition -- we want to be serious about the project in that way."

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