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Aaron Lennon in action against Sevilla in 2007.
This is the first time Tottenham have reached the latter stages of the Europa League-UEFA Cup since 2009, when the prospect of a League Cup final and ensuring their Premier League safety saw Harry Redknapp field a weakened team that came up short against that year's eventual winners Shakhtar Donetsk.
Between then and last season's group stage exit, Spurs enjoyed a season in the Champions League, reaching the quarterfinals where they went out to Real Madrid.
The make-up of the Tottenham squad has changed considerably since those famous nights of the 2010-11 campaign when the club competed so admirably, let alone the UEFA Cup campaigns from a few years previously.
Remaining from those times are several players who still make up components of the present squad—notably the likes of Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Gareth Bale and William Gallas.
The aforementioned names would be involved to varying degrees should Spurs move forward, but the experienced they have all gleaned over the years should not be underestimated.
Others like Jan Vertonghen and Clint Dempsey are of course experienced in European competition too.
But there is something to be said about having been through it with Tottenham, having experienced the highs and lows of nights under the lights at White Hart Lane, and on character-building trips abroad.
Experience alone will not be enough to guide Spurs all the way, but it should have this squad well prepared for what they might face along the way—and that could make a big difference.