Spurs to use kids in Europa
Tottenham do not intend to use stars in continental competition
Last Updated: May 19, 2011 9:34pm
First-team coach Tim Sherwood has confirmed Tottenham intend to use next season's Europa League to blood their most promising youngsters.
Last season's fourth-placed finish allowed Spurs to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time and they had a memorable run to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by Real Madrid.
They will not be in Europe's elite club competition next season, though, having failed to secure a top-four finish in this term's Premier League.
Qualification for the Europa League offers some consolation, if they hold on to fifth place, but Sherwood has admitted Spurs will show little interest in going all the way.
"To reach the Champions League last year was a magnificent achievement. It was like swimming the channel backwards, in my opinion."
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Manager Harry Redknapp is determined to lead Spurs back into the top four and he does not want a prolonged Europa League campaign taking its toll on his senior players.
"I don't think it's an ideal competition for a team who have got aspirations of playing Champions League football next season," Sherwood said.
"But it's a great opportunity to look at what we've got in reserve and I honestly believe that we have the players to step up and play.
"Liverpool have done it and they've got a good few players coming through and playing Premier League football at the end of the season."
Tottenham may have missed out on a second successive Champions League campaign but Sherwood insists there is no shame in finishing fifth in the Premier League.
"To reach the Champions League last year was a magnificent achievement," he added. "It was like swimming the channel backwards, in my opinion.
"Lots of clubs have invested heavily in trying to get the edge and unfortunately we've come up short.
"Fifth and the Europa League is not the end of the world. Hopefully, next year we can get to the Promised Land again."