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The summer signing insists that he and his team-mates will not underestimate their Europa League opponents after playing out a 1-1 stalemate in Slovenia in October

Clint Dempsey has called on his Tottenham team-mates to "take care of business" against Maribor in Thursday's Europa League clash.

Andre Villas-Boas' side currently sit third in Group J after drawing all three of their opening games, including the stalemate with the Slovenian side in October.

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And Dempsey says that his fellow professionals will not take their opponents lightly after the tough showing they faced in Matchday 3 but is aware that another slip up would see the club's future in the competition come under serious threat..

"[Maribor] scored first but we showed the character to get back in the game and put ourselves in a position where we are still right in there in the group," the American reflected to the club's official website on the first game.

"It's in our hands and that's all you can ask for.

"Everything is still to play for and it’s about taking care of business in the next three games."

A win for Spurs on Thursday would see them rise to second in Group J, with a trip to Lazio's Olympic Stadium on November 22 before facing Panathinaikos at home on December 6 to round off the group stage.

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