Euro hurt can aid top four bid, says Tottenham manager Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas has been handed a fitness boost as England winger Aaron Lennon is ready to return from a knee problem. Jermain Defoe could start after returning from a pelvic injury last weekend, coming off the bench and scoring in the victory over Manchester City.

updated: April 26, 2013 09:21 IST
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Wigan: Andre Villas-Boas has warned Tottenham's top-four rivals that he can see determination from his players to make up for last season's Champions League disappointment.

Spurs missed out on a place in Europe's top competition last season as Chelsea qualified as holders, meaning fourth place in the Premier League missed out.

This season they have qualification in their own hands as they prepare to face FA Cup finalists Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday and Spurs manager Villas-Boas believes the pain of last year's failure will ensure they don't underestimate the Latics.

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