Pavlyuchenko wants Europa win

BY foxsports • May 24, 2011

Spurs enjoyed a remarkable debut season in the Champions League this season, beating both Milan giants before losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. But the European run took its toll on the club in the Premier League, where their poor form in the last quarter of the season saw them finish outside the top four. Pavlyuchenko, whose double against Birmingham on Sunday secured fifth place, is confident about Spurs' chances of winning the Europa League and insists they should not be too disappointed to be in it. "Our club is quite able to win the Europa League next year," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express. "We have a very good team, and we could still have reinforcements. "As for the fifth place, we took a step back compared to last year, without getting into the Champions League, but it's still better than sixth. "We lost too many points in the end but the whole season should not be called a failure. "We should not forget that we played in Europe's premier club tournament, and reached the quarter-finals." Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has never hidden his dislike of the Europa League, constantly referring to it as a second-rate competition where teams are more likely to play their reserves. Jermain Defoe has also labelled the tournament a "distraction", but Michael Dawson thinks the squad should give embrace the opportunity to add some European silverware to the White Hart Lane trophy cabinet. "We wanted to be in the Champions League but it hasn't happened and when the Europa League starts we will be going out there to win it," Dawson said. "It's another competition for the fans. The ground, whether it's the Champions League or the Europa League, will be sold out every week." Had Tottenham not beaten Birmingham last week they could have faced the prospect of qualifying for the Europa League via the fair play league. That would have involved going through three rounds of playoffs - the first of which takes place on June 30. Dawson was keen to avoid such an early return to action. "That was the last thing that any player or member of staff wanted," the defender said. "We knew we had to finish fifth so it's a massive relief to have done it." Redknapp says achieving fourth place in the Premier League next year will be the club's priority and admits a number of Spurs' youngsters will be involved in the European campaign. "Maybe it will give us a chance to play some of the younger players. The Premier League will be all-important to us next year," Redknapp said. One young player Redknapp has been impressed with this year is Danny Rose. The 20-year-old, who started his Tottenham career as a winger, spent the first half of the season on loan at Bristol City before capitalising on Benoit Assou-Ekotto's hamstring injury to become the first-choice left-back for the last four games of the campaign. "Benoit's a top-class player but Danny has done well," Redknapp said. "I have always said to him that he could be a top, top left-back. That's where he plays best. He has got a low centre of gravity, he's quick, he's aggressive and has a great left foot. "He is a real left-back in my opinion and there will be a big competition between him and Benoit for that position next year."

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