Spurs look to confirm Europa progress

LASK v Tottenham Hotspur – UEFA Europa League Group J – Linzer Stadium – Thursday 5:55pm – Preview

Tottenham Hotspur can seal UEFA Europa League progress with a point against LASK in Austria although Jose Mourinho insisted his side will be going all out to record their fourth Group J victory from five outings.

Mourinho will again rotate his squad: “The priority is always to try and win the next match, the Lilywhites chief explained.

“The next match is a Europa League match and we will try to do what we do when we play in the Premier League, we are going to try to win the match.

“If at the end we have a draw then yes okay that is fine and we qualified before the last match, but we are not going to play for the point and to qualify. We are going to play to win like we do every match. I say the same before every match. Every result is possible.

Once again, Mourinho insisted it is a case of one match at a time, with Sunday’s North London derby very much on the backburner until business in Austria is taken care of: “No, the big game is tomorrow. When we make changes in relation to the Europa League matches, we make these changes based on sometimes problems that we have and when we do that we trust the people that play.

“We don’t weaken the team because the Premier League match is more important than the previous one. We had Chelsea last week and before Chelsea we had Ludogorets and we weren’t thinking about Chelsea.

We made the changes that we “thought we had to make and to give some players some chance that they deserved. So at this moment, Arsenal is not in our mind.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Lask 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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