Spurs Tackle Depleted Russians

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Emmanuel Adebayor has had off-field issues of late. Image courtesy of talksport.co.uk
While his aim this season is to drive Tottenham Hotspur in to a Champions League slot for next campaign, the immediate focus for Andre Villas-Boas is the club’s participation in the Europa League, a competition he won with FC Porto back in 2011. After destroying Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate in the Playoff Round, Spurs started the group stage on the right note beating Norwegian outfit Tromso 3-0 at home.

The trip to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkala should be more difficult, but a fire sale in the off-season has dramatically weakened the team coached last season by Guus Hiddink. The likes of Samuel Eto’o, Willian, Yuri Zhirkov, Lassana Diarra and Christopher Samba have all departed and Anzhi currently sits last in the Russian Premier League with just six draws to show from 11 starts this season. True to form, they shared the points with Moldovian team Sheriff Tiraspol in their opening group match.

Spurs head to the city on the shores of the Caspian Sea without a number of first teamers. Winger Aaron Lennon and midfielder Etienne Capoue are both out with ankle injuries, while Danny Rose (ankle) and Younes Kaboul are both in doubt for the clash. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is also unlikely to play due to off-field issues and the fact he has only just recovered from an illness.

Anzhi defeated Liverpool 1-0 at home last season but it was eventually eliminated by Newcastle United in the last 16. Tottenham has started the Premier League season well after collecting full points in four of its first six matches.

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