Ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday, Matt Doherty has confidently asserted that the North Londoners are good enough to go all the way in the competition.
A win on Thursday will see Spurs advance to the group stage of the competition, which the club have not been involved in since 2017.
However, Doherty certainly knows what the competition is about, having made it all the way to the quarter-finals with Wolves last season before losing to the eventual champions Sevilla.
When asked if Tottenham can win the Europa League, the right-back told Football.London: “Tottenham are capable of winning this competition for sure.
“Even when we get to the group stage, whoever we get, even if they’re big clubs, we’re good enough to progress. When you look at our squad it’s so good. It’s very exciting.”
Doherty has had to adapt to a different position at Spurs as he played as a wing-back for the majority of his time at the Molineux Stadium.
The summer arrival admitted that he is getting used to the increased defensive responsibilities of playing in a back four.
When asked how different his role is, he said: “They’re so different and I don’t think people realise. You don’t have to do as much defending as a wing-back.
“I’m finding that as a right-back and I’m getting used to it. I’m still learning and I’m still improving.
“It’s something I’m excited about. I know I can play at right-back but I’m getting myself into this shape and it’s something I’m excited about.”
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Given the squad we have, the Europa League is going to be really important for some of our fringe players to get some football under their belt. However, it is clear Jose is not going to rotate as much as Pochettino did when we played Europa League football under him. So, given how seriously we seem to be taking the competition, we are arguably one of the favourites for the trophy, no matter who drops down from the Champions League in the latter stages.
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