Players will give everything - Andre
Andre Villas-Boas says the team will play with ‘ambition and motivation’ with the semi-final s of the Europa League at stake in Basel tonight.
The players have spoken positively ahead of our quarter-final, second leg at the St Jakob Stadium.
The first leg finished 2-2 after we came from 2-0 down at the Lane last week.
Andre admits we can’t afford to ‘repeat the mistakes of the first leg’ but like his players, remains confident we can take our away form of the Premier League – already nine wins on the road this term – into the Europa League and make it into the last four.
“We couldn’t win at home but in European games at this level, at such an advanced stage of the competition, anything can happen.
“It was more through our mistakes that FC Basel were able to take the lead, we don’t normally concede goals like that at home. We did ever so well to get back into the game.
“We are confident but we have to be aware of Basel’s strengths. They will play with great motivation after the first leg. It will be a hard game.
“The squad has proved a lot this season and the players will give everything to try and get us into the semi-final.
“We are at a stage in the competition where we’re only small steps away from the final and this is an inspiration for everyone.”