Nevin: Tottenham have no-one to fear in the Europa League

The pundit has covered the competition for a number of years now, and believes that Andre Villas-Boas' winning attitude means that Spurs can seriously challenge for the trophy
By Russel Stoddart

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes that squad rotation will hold the key to Tottenham's chances of winning the Europa League.

Spurs face a tough draw against French side Lyon in the last 32, with Italian giants Inter Milan potentially lying in wait should they make it through to the next round, but Nevin believes that they can go as far as they want in the tournament.

Andre Villas-Boas won the trophy whilst in charge of Porto, and has so far shown his ambition to repeat the feat by fielding a host of strong line-ups in his side's group matches.

Nevin told "The age-old problem for Spurs is whether their squad is big enough to cope.

"Their priority remains top four in the Premier League and they have struggled to do well in Europe and maintain their domestic ambitions.

"Will [Villas-Boas] want to take a chance and play his best in both? At some point they will struggle and AVB will have a big decision to make. That might be their undoing."

Nevin insisted that the presence of Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker, Moussa Dembele and Gareth Bale will be crucial to their chances of going all the way.

"They also need to get their 'famous four' midfield to play together. If they can do that, they have no-one to fear," he continued.

"A lot depends on how seriously Spurs take the competition.

"Harry [Redknapp] didn't take it seriously last season, but AVB will put out stronger teams, so they should do well."