Jose Mourinho was delighted when Tottenham appeared to secure Europa League football on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
Spurs’ 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace was enough to seal a sixth-place finish above Wolves, but Mourinho’s men haven’t quite qualified for next term’s Europa League group stages yet.
That’s because their fierce rivals Arsenal won yet another FA Cup on Saturday, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley and earning a Europa League spot of their own.
Arsenal’s victory means Tottenham will now enter the Europa League in the second qualifying round, which takes place on September 17 – according to the London Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick.
It’s unlikely Spurs will have much trouble overcoming whichever club they face in September, but Kilpatrick claims the Londoners will have to play three one-off ties to reach the competition proper.
All of which means Tottenham will have a busy schedule around when the 2020/21 Premier League season begins on September 12 – Mourinho certainly won’t be happy about that.
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