Tottenham Hotspur have found their Europa League spherical of 16 opponents.
After comfortably dispatching Wolfsberger AC 8-1 on mixture at the spherical of 32 stage, Spurs are a constructive outcome towards Dinamo Zagreb away from reaching the quarter-final.
Spurs are attributable to journey to Zagreb for the primary leg earlier than welcoming them for the second. However, given the continued and differing COVID restrictions throughout Europe, these venues are topic to vary.
And the dates that the Europa League spherical of 16 ties are scheduled to happen make for fascinating studying for Tottenham followers as nicely as head coach Jose Mourinho.
The first-leg will likely be performed on March 11, with the return assembly pencilled in for March 18.
One look at Spurs’ fixture schedule and the north London derby towards Arsenal that is sandwiched between the spherical of 16 Europa League ties instantly jumps out.
The Lilywhites emerged victorious within the reverse fixture earlier within the season because of objectives from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. At that stage, Mourinho’s facet have been at the highest of the Premier League desk and a top-four end appeared possible.
However, a run of three Premier League wins for the reason that starting of December has seen Spurs slide down the desk to ninth forward of this weekend’s conflict with Burnley and this locations even better emphasis on profitable the Europa League.
Of course, the added bonus of lifting the trophy is a direct path to the Champions League group part.
But Mourinho cannot afford to place all of his eggs into the Europa League basket simply but as his facet nonetheless have a good probability of ending within the top-four, supplied they discover some consistency.
Currently 9 factors off West Ham United – who beat them final weekend – crucially Spurs have a sport in hand on their London rivals whose top-four credentials will likely be examined within the coming weeks.
The Hammers’ subsequent two video games are towards Manchester City and Leeds United, in the meantime, it is Burnley and Fulham subsequent up for Spurs earlier than their Europa League spherical of 16 first-leg tie.
There’s each probability that Tottenham will head to the Emirates Stadium with a top-four end very a lot an achievable goal.
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This makes the seven days from March 11 to March 18 a defining week for Spurs and Mourinho.
Not solely should he navigate a well beyond Dinamo Zagreb and attain the Europa League quarter-final, however a constructive outcome towards Arsenal is required simply to maintain the top-four plate spinning.