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Andre on the draw

Posted on 15 March 2013  - 15:38

Andre Villas-Boas has paid full respect to our Europa League quarter-final opponents FC Basel, describing it as 'a difficult draw'.

Andre on the draw

The Swiss team knocked out highly-rated Zenit in the Round of 16 when they held onto a 2-0 lead from the first leg, losing 1-0 in the return on Thursday night despite going down to 10 men.

Currently second in the Swiss Super League, Basel toppled Ukraine side Dnipro in the Round of 32 having kicked-off their European campaign in 2012-13 back in July in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The first leg of our quarter-final tie is at White Hart Lane on Thursday, April 4 with the return at Basel's St Jakob Park Stadium a week later, April 11.

"It's a difficult draw," said Andre. "Basel have enjoyed some amazing results in Europe in the last three years, particularly against Manchester United, Bayern and Benfica.

"This is a team that has put out Zenit, who in turn had beaten Liverpool in the previous round, so that shows the quality of the side.

"I'm happy that it's a short trip for our fans and their stadium is magnificent."

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