Wednesday November 21 2012
Villas-Boas: 'It's all about Lazio'

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas underlined the importance of tomorrow’s Europa League match with Lazio and sent a message to Roberto Di Matteo.

“It's all about this game,” said Villas-Boas in his Press conference in Rome.

“It will be important for us to win and qualify. It will give the squad an important feeling of beating a great team away from home.”

Spurs were held to a 0-0 draw when these teams met at White Hart Lane and Lazio are currently top of the group.

That first game saw the Biancocelesti fined £32,500 by UEFA for racist chanting from a small section of the ultras.

“UEFA decided to punish Lazio and rightly so. It doesn't mean that incidents won't happen again.

“I think the players are in the right frame of mind to leave the authorities to deal with those situations in case it happens. That's something that hopefully will not happen tomorrow.”

Villas-Boas was naturally asked about Chelsea sacking Di Matteo to bring in Rafa Benitez, as he experienced the axe at Stamford Bridge last season.

“At Chelsea I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office, that's my interpretation. Roberto has achieved so much in such a little amount of time. His CV is maybe one of the best in the world now - he has won the Champions League and the FA Cup too.”

Mousa Dembélé is in the Spurs squad in Rome, but unlikely to feature due to a hip injury. Also absent are Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Brad Friedel, Yago Falque and Younes Kaboul.