Tottenham success disproves need to field weaker sides, argues Villas-Boas

The Portuguese boss says that his side's charge into the Premier League top three and Europa League quarter-finals is proof that there is no need to rest top players in cup ties
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas argues that his side's stunning form in the Premier League and Europa League is proof that clubs can play their strongest sides in both competitions.

Bosses have tended to rest star players in Europe's secondary tournament in order to keep them fresh for domestic duty, with the Portuguese's predecessor, Harry Redknapp, particularly notorious for fielding second-string teams.

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After dismantling Inter 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League clash on Thursday, however, Villas-Boas insists that this shows up the desire to hold back key men as being based on "science fiction."

"I think what Tottenham has shown this season contradicts a lot of science, or science fiction," he told the Daily Mirror. "There is a lot of rest time between a Thursday and a Sunday.

"The intensity of the Premier League is not comparable to the Italian league but the comparisons in terms of mental stress are bigger."

With Spurs in third place going into Sunday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool, Villas-Boas is keen to ensure that his side follow through and secure a top-four finish, which would help in recruiting higher-calibre players in the transfer windows to come.

"If we achieve Champions League qualification in third or fourth place we're playing the preliminary rounds but the money will be different regarding our challenge and the players we can attract, also," he added.

"That's the position we want to be in. We are faced with a difficult calendar in front of us."