Bale dominates Dinamo showdown

22 August 2013 06:36:13 EST

Tottenham face Dinamo Tbilisi in the first leg of their Europa League play-off without the injured Gareth Bale, who continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.

A foot problem has kept Bale on the sidelines for the start of the new campaign, with the Welsh winger having missed the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Ideally we want to keep everyone to make us stronger.

Andre Villas-Boas

He will also be absent for the lengthy trip to Georgia, with Spurs aiming to gain a positive result to take back to White Hart Lane for the second leg next week, with the ultimate prize a place in the group stage of the competition.

Spurs are 1/1 to win in the Georgian capital, with the draw 1/1, while the North London outfit are 1/1 to qualify for the group stage at the expense of Dinamo.

Meanwhile, boss Andre Villas-Boas has rejected reports that a deal has already been agreed with Real for Bale, saying that he would ideally like to keep his squad intact.

The Portuguese told reporters: "Ideally we want to keep everyone to make us stronger - that is the ultimate objective of the club.

"In the end anything can happen. We are dragging ourselves into the last weeks of transfer activity and it can become very, very frantic."

Spurs have already added Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue to their squad this summer and are close to completing a deal for Anzhi Makhachkala's Brazilian midfielder Willian.

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