Spurs vs Tromso IL - Townsend's target
17 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
In-form winger Andros Townsend believes we are capable of getting off to a winning start in the Europa League Group Stage on Thursday evening, as we welcome Norwegian side Tromso IL to the Lane.
Andros was a key figure in both legs of our 8-0 aggregate victory over Dinamo Tbilisi in the Play-Off Round last month, helping himself to a fine individual strike to open the scoring in the first leg and supplying two eye-catching assists, while also impressing in the return match a week later.
Those dominant performances led to our qualification for the Group Stage, and also doubtless influenced Roy Hodgson’s decision to call Andros up to the senior England squad for the World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.
And in the run-up to Thursday night’s encounter with Tromso, Andros confirmed he is determined to replicate his early-season exploits for us, if given the nod by Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas.
“When the manager gives me the opportunity I’m looking to just go out there and show everyone what I can do,” said the 22-year-old, who has also impressed in our recent Premier League outings.
“Hopefully I can get some more goals and assists and hopefully get this club through to the Knockout Stage in the New Year.”
Despite his optimism, Andros is fully aware of the challenges that lay ahead in the Group Stage. But he knows that the strength of our squad will work in our favour as we strive to replicate the UEFA Cup glory we achieved 30 years ago this season.
“Obviously the Europa League is a massive competition and we’ve got a big squad this season, so we’re looking to really challenge on all fronts,” added Andros.
“The Europa League is no different, we’re looking to go into Thursday’s game with confidence from the win on Saturday and hope we get a good result.
“We’ve got the squad to challenge on all fronts, but first and foremost we’ve got to focus on getting out of our group.”