When Friday's draw for the Europa League quarterfinals pit Tottenham against Swiss champions FC Basel, manager Andre Villas-Boas was quick to show respect to his opponents.
The Portuguese manager, fresh off his side's thrilling victory over Inter Milan in extra time of their Round of 16 tie, told Spurs' official website that "it's a difficult draw," quickly pointing out the Swiss side's recent success in Europe and victories over Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Throughout the season, Villas-Boas has been keen on pointing out how his side's run in this season's Europa League is a warm-up for the challenges it would face should they be playing Champions League football next year.
Hence, the manager's comments about the difficult nature of this tie begs the question: Just how important is this tie for Tottenham? Is this side capable of overcoming this tricky Basel club?
With just under three weeks before the first leg of this tie at White Hart Lane, Spurs supporters are no doubt dwelling on these questions in anticipation of their club's opportunity at European glory.
Now, while it is difficult to talk too in-depth about matches that are weeks away, one can still get a general feeling about what might be worth watching for.
Thus, here is a very early look at three key matchups to look for in Tottenham's Europa League quarterfinal tie with FC Basel.