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Sigurdsson calls for reaction from Spurs in Maribor

TOTTENHAM midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to make amends for Saturday's disappointing defeat to Chelsea with a morale-boosting victory at Maribor tonight.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS' new side went down 4-2 against his former club at White Hart Lane, having come from behind to at one stage lead 2-1.

Spurs turn their attention to the Europa League, where they face Maribor in Slovenia this evening looking for a first victory in Group J after drawing their first two fixtures.

"I think it will be very important to get three points even though we are playing away from home," Sigurdsson said.

"We know they are good at home so we're looking forward to the game. We want to bounce back after the game against Chelsea as well so three points will be very important to us.

"After the game, obviously, we were a bit low and disappointed because I thought we bounced back at half-time and got back into the game in the second half.

"When you play Chelsea, they've obviously got a lot of quality and are the champions of Europe. We are very disappointed but now we're looking forward to this game. We want to bounce back and get three points."

Tottenham are without several big names for tonight's match. Emmanuel Adebayor is sidelined with back pain and Mousa Dembele misses out with a hip complaint.

Brad Friedel remained at home with Hugo Lloris preferred in goal, while Gareth Bale also stayed in the United Kingdom after his girlfriend gave birth to their first child.

That news also saw the Wales international miss the defeat to Chelsea - a match in which right-back Kyle Walker's performance was criticised.

The 22-year-old was named the PFA's Young Player of the Season last term, but he has not been as consistent this year.


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