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Parker: I would value Europa medal above league title

Scott Parker is desperate to win the Europa League with Tottenham Hotspur, so that he has a medal which he can call his own.

This evening, Parker's Spurs will face FC Basel in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. After a long season they are just four games away from a European final in Amsterdam in May.

Parker, understandably, is desperate to be there. He has tasted success before, but only as a peripheral part of the Chelsea side which won the League Cup and the Premier League in 2005.

So he is desperate to win something which he can be proud of, and if Spurs are Europa League champions this year he would certainly have been a big part of that.

Then he might feel more confident about putting a medal on display after admitting he has no idea where his Chelsea medals are.

"That would go somewhere a little bit more special. I'm not like that, but I'm sure I would treasure that a little bit more than my league one," he said.

And Parker (32) must be aware that he does not have long left at the top level. "It's something that I'd love to do and at the end of my career, to look back and say 'This is what I did'."

FOCUS

Parker's focus to win this trophy is matched by his manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has always been a supporter of the Europa League.

"He told us from the outset that we were going to try and win it, that we were going to go strong and it was a part of our season that we needed to look at," Parker said.

"It's a big competition; there's big teams in it as well. If you've come away at the end of the season and you've won this competition, you've done well."

A real winning mentality would help Spurs, but Parker feels one is due after recent results.

"Winning becomes a habit," he explained. "There's a know-how. On Saturday (at Swansea), that was the case. I don't think we deserved to win the game but we did."

Meanwhile, Tottenham will be without Jermain Defoe for another two weeks – the striker is ruled out with an aggravation of a groin muscle problem. (© Independent News Service)

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