Current Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has complained about UEFA regulations that “reward” clubs “failure” in the Champions League group stages, specifically Chelsea’s inclusion in the Europa League round-of-32.
Andre Villas-Boas has claimed his former club Chelsea should not be rewarded for Champions League failure by playing in the Europa League.
But the ex-Stamford Bridge boss now wants his Tottenham side to meet Rafa Benitez’s Blues in Europe’s second-tier competition after Christmas.
“Sometimes it’s destiny,” he said.
Tottenham reached the last 32 of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Greek side Panathinaikos on Thursday – their fourth straight victory in all competitions.
They cannot be drawn with Champions League holders Chelsea in the next round but AVB could face his former club in the last 16.
The Portuguese coach added: “I think it’s extremely unfair.
“The clubs that should come down are the Champions League clubs that qualify for the last 16 and then are knocked out. That’s much fairer.
“You can’t give a bonus to teams who have failed.
“In the situation as it stands, teams fail in the Champions League and are promoted to the Europa League, which is a massive bonus.
“This is not something which I’ve just invented yesterday, it’s something I said in UEFA meetings when I was at Porto.
“It’s up to them to decide, but I think it’s not fair.”
“We can’t meet in the last 32, so anything can happen,” added AVB. “Sometimes it’s destiny.
“Hopefully if we go through, we can meet each other, obviously.
“They have a team that can win the trophy, so they will be up to the late stages of the competition. We hope to do so.
“If we cross, it is going to be two magnificent games, for sure.
Villas-Boas has done well so far at Spurs, but won’t stand a chance if they meet in the Europa League. Chelsea have plenty more experience in Europe and will rise to the occasion should we meet.
I look forward to a possible London derby in the Europa League, and will no doubt be hoping the draw pits us against each other. Who else would you like us to be drawn against?