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Holtby aiming to make Spurs the best

14 March 2013 11:18

Lewis Holtby says he is determinated to help Tottenham Hotspur become the biggest club in London.

The 22-year-old, who moved to White Hart Lane from Schalke in January, believes Spurs have what it takes to go all the way in the Europa League this season following their 3-0 win over Inter Milan last Thursday, but the German is ultimately aiming for Champions League football.

"Tottenham are a massive club. In Germany, they're not seen as such perhaps, but people must come here and see what a club they are," he told Goal.com.

"We have a good team and a good team spirit. We are all very professional over here.

"We should not be underestimated given the quality we have in the squad. I have a feeling we could win (the Europa League) but that will be tough. There is still a long way to go. We still have to play the second leg against Inter.

"We want to play in the Champions League and to be the best team in London."

Gareth Bale has been in fine form lately, having scored 10 goals in his last nine appearances to help Andre Villas-Boas' side into third place in the Premier League and seemingly on their way to the Europa League quarter-finals.

Holtby feels there is plenty more to come from the exciting Welsh winger.

"He's a quiet but very professional guy," he said.

"On the other hand, he also likes joking around a bit but he's just a really good guy. Despite all the hype around him, he's got on his feet on the ground.

"He works very hard. Gareth is just a sporting animal who has no fat on him and is very big. He also has a shot like a horse.

"The season is not over yet and Gareth is determined to score a few more goals."

Tottenham visit Inter in the Europa League round-of-16 second leg on Thursday, aiming to defend their 3-0 aggregate advantage.

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
14 March 2013
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Extra-time
4 - 1
On aggregate
4 - 4
Venue
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance
18241

Goals

A. Cassano 20'
(assist by R. Palacio) 
1 - 0
R. Palacio 52'
(assist by E. Cambiasso) 
2 - 0
W. Gallas (OG) 75'  
3 - 0
3 - 1
R. Álvarez 110'
(assist by A. Cassano) 
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
24 44'
13 75'
5
16
28 78'
19
8
29 14'
22
10 96' 115'
18
Coach: André Villas-Boas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 110'
24
23
27
28
60
47
# Player Bookings
14 79'
7
33
6
25
32
46

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