Spurs, Liverpool out to clinch knockout berths in Europa League
PARIS (AFP) - English Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur head a list of nine clubs vying for the five remaining berths in the last 32 of the Europa League as the group stage reaches its climax on Thursday.
Tottenham must simply avoid defeat at home to Group J foes Panathinaikos to advance, while victory at Udinese would assure Liverpool's progression from Group A, although a draw would suffice should Young Boys fail to beat already-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala.
Tottenham's inconsistent form this term has taken a sharp upwards turn lately with three straight league wins propelling them back into the top four, and striker Jermain Defoe finding the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks.
"We want to get through to the knockout stage of the competition and as we've said all along, we want to do something special this season. Things are going well at the moment and we've just got to keep it going," said the England forward.