Twente coach Michel Preud'homme praised his side for their efforts in the UEFA Champions League this season despite seeing their hopes of reaching the last 16 ended with defeat to Inter Milan last night.
Twente matched Inter for long spells of the encounter at the San Siro but failed to find the goal their performance merited as the hosts just shaded it.
The Dutch outfit nevertheless have done enough in the group to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Europa League after Christmas, an achievement Preud'homme insists was the minimum target at the outset.
"Third place is in the bag and that was the aim of this European adventure," said the former
"It is nevertheless unfortunate [to go out of the Champions League]. We have shown performance levels close to the level of Inter and Tottenham. Today we can learn from the efforts of Inter, and at this level we know we can hold our own."
Twente's Champions League campaign will officially come to a close on
"It is always a honour to play against a team like Spurs in the Champions League," he said. Moreover, we do not forget what happened in