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League position important but we would love a trophy - Tottenham's AVB

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he judges his teams on where they finish on the league table.

As Spurs prepare for the Europa League quarter-final first leg with Swiss club FC Basel on Thursday night, Villas-Boas claimed that finishing as high as possible on the Premier League table is the main priority.

But on the flipside, the Portuguese tactician felt bringing some silverware to White Hart Lane was also vital.

"I think your league position always dictates the success of your season, but in the end winning a trophy is tremendously important," he said.

"Chelsea finished sixth last year but it was completely overshadowed by the fact that they won two major competition, and the most important competition in the world, so it was deemed a successful season in the end.

"We want to focus on trying to win the Europa League but we understand that the fans' and the club's expectation for us is to try to reach Champions League qualification this year (with a top-four finish)."

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