Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says they're taking the Europa League seriously.

Spurs kickoff their campaign on Thursday against Lazio.

"This competition is very important," AVB told the Spurs website.

"It's a tough competition, you have to play 15 games before you reach the final, so it's hard and strenuous and the best teams out of the Champions League are playing.

"It gives access to the European Super Cup and, for me, I always thought it was a prestigious competition and it should be promoted like that because after the Cup Winners' Cup disappeared, it is not only about the Champions League.

"If we can win a trophy, that represents a lot for Tottenham Hotspur's history as well and would be something really special."