Mabbutt urges Spurs get serious about Europa League

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt feels his old club should throw everything at winning the Europa League this season.

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt feels his old club should throw everything at winning the Europa League this season.

Spurs go into the first leg of their last 16 Europa League tie against Benfica on Thursday night.

"People have spoken about the different value of competitions, it’s nonsense," said Mabbutt.

"Footballers want to win every single competition they’re playing in, whether it’s the Capital One Cup or the Europa League.

"Look at the Man City team when they won the League Cup.

"You look at Vincent Kompany when he lifted that trophy, the look on his face – was that the look of someone who thinks we shouldn’t really be here? No.

"They won the trophy, they outplayed other teams to win it. For them, the players and the supporters, it was a fantastic day.

"For any Spurs fans if we could be in Turin at the Europa League final and see Michael Dawson lift that trophy at the end of the season that would be fantastic."

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