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Spurs seek Euro hangover cure

Another famous Champions League night confirmed Tottenham's capabilities in the highest company and now they want to prove it will not come at a cost to their domestic campaign.

Ledley King, the Tottenham captain, acknowledged that the club have had difficulties in following up a midweek European success with a positive performance in the Premier League.

After a heady 4-1 defeat of Dutch champions FC Twente on Wednesday, Spurs must avoid a hangover against Aston Villa tomorrow.

"It is important that we take the form we showed against Twente into the league," said King. "That's what we've struggled to do in recent years; when we've been in Europe our league form has suffered, that's what we want to put right."

Spurs are still smarting from the 1-0 home defeat to strugg-ling Wigan that came just three days after the 4-0 victory over Young Boys at White Hart Lane. And although Spurs beat Wolves 3-1 following the 2-2 draw in Germany against Werder Bremen, it was tough going.

Key to the success on Wednesday was Rafael van der Vaart, who missed a penalty, scored a goal -- and then was sent off for a second bookable offence, meaning he will miss the next Champions League tie, away to Inter Milan.

King said that after just a month, the Dutchman has become a vital cog in the Spurs machine. "We will miss him against Inter Milan," he added. "He was brilliant in the first half against Twente.You could see he wanted the ball and he wanted to make things happen and that rubbed off on us." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent