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Kuyt happy to avoid Chelsea and Tottenham in Europa League draw

The 32-year-old Fenerbahce forward says his side is "eagerly anticipating" its quarterfinal clash with Lazio but admits he is relieved to have bypassed the London clubs

Fenerbahce forward Dirk Kuyt has expressed his relief over avoiding Chelsea and Tottenham in the draw for the Europa League quarterfinals.

The Turkish side was drawn against Lazio on Friday, while Tottenham and Chelsea were paired up against Basel and Rubin Kazan, respectively.

Kuyt lauded the Italian side as a "great team", but admitted he was glad to have avoided Premier League opposition.

"All the teams that are in the quarterfinals are hard to beat but we've avoided the teams like Chelsea and Tottenham," Kuyt told NTVSpor. "We're eagerly anticipating the clash against Lazio. We're really excited as a team. Lazio is a great team. It's going to be a tough tie but we'll do our best to reach the Europa League final."

Fenerbahce is currently four points behind rival Galatasaray in second place in the Turkish domestic league, while it also finished runner-up last season.

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