It is a far cry from Harry Redknapp’s laid back attitude towards the competition, which Tottenham exited at the group stage last season.
Villas Boas, who won the tournament with Porto in 2011, said he would “embrace the Europa League as if it were the Champions League.”
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The start of the 2017-18 Premier League season is just around the corner and is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet.
As always it is the so called “big clubs” that have splashed the most cash in the transfer window so far this summer. Manchester United or City? Arsenal or Tottenham? Who are the winners and losers of the transfer window so far?