Just watch my Spurs go in Europe next season, warns Jol


Last updated at 08:59 13 June 2007

Martin Jol believes Tottenham can enjoy another strong run in this season's UEFA Cup.

Spurs reached the last eight of last season's competition and were unlucky to be knocked out against eventual winners Sevilla after conceding a highly controversial goal in the first leg in Spain.

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Martin Jol

Jol believes new recruits and the experience his exciting young squad have already amassed all point to signs of encouragement.

Tottenham are likely to be one of the seeded teams in next season's tournament, making the chances of a long run even better.

"If your squad is strong - and we will try to have an even stronger squad next season - the players will improve and gain more experience. If we can leave out the mistakes we will get the results," Jol told the official club website.

"In hindsight I tell myself that I should have enjoyed the UEFA Cup more last season. You want to win so much and, at the time, I was putting myself under pressure to get the right results and then prepare the team again for the next game three days later.

"It was not easy but, looking back, a special game was Besiktas when they applauded us off the pitch. It was an amazing atmosphere.

"In Leverkusen we had a terrific game and Slavia Prague was a big challenge for us because it was our first game and you couldn't be sure of their qualities even after seeing them.

"At the Lane we had great games until it came to an end against Sevilla, who ended up winning the UEFA Cup. For me, the evidence was there that we are almost as good as these sort of teams and maybe we are as good as them.

"We should be confident, what we have said is that we only see green lights and not red ones. We just want to keep pushing forward."

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