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Spurs vs Anji - Andre's preview

12 December 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas has his sights set on a clean sweep in the group stage of the Europa League.

That means victory against Russian team Anji Makhachkala in our sixth and final match in Group K at the Lane tonight, kick-off 8.05pm.

Only three clubs have won all six group matches in the current format - Salzburg in the competition's inaugural season in 2009-10, FC Zenit in 2010-11 and Anderlecht in 2011-12.

We go into tonight's match guaranteed top spot in Group K and we're one of just two teams with a 100 per cent record in the group stage alongside Salzburg, again, in Group C.

"We’re looking for another win and that would be brilliant because it would complete a good run in the group," said Andre.

"It's completely different to last season, where we had a much more competitive group and struggled to find the initial wins.

"It would be good to finish on 18 points, that’s all I can say. We will focus on a win, try to get 18 points and hopefully get through the game without injuries."

It has been well-documented that this is a different Anji team to the one that signed a host of world-class players after Suleyman Kerimov first purchased the club in January, 2011.

The club is in transition, those players have gone and Anji arrive at the Lane sitting bottom of their domestic table, without a win in 19 matches.

However, they have qualified for the next stage of the Europa League and Andre said a couple of players have caught the eye.

"Jucilei is a player I always liked, he turned captain this year for Anji, a very talented player," he added. "Also Razak, on loan from City. It's a change from the Anji we knew, but they have some good players."