The consequences of Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory against Chelsea last month have quickly become apparent over the last 48 hours after Tottenham were handed away two nightmare away draws in the Europa League qualifiers.
Had Mikel Arteta’s side lost to the Blues, Spurs would have gone straight into the group stages, but their 2-1 victory at Wembley means that Jose Mourinho’s men now face three inconvenient one-legged qualifiers.
With the Carabao Cup starting for European sides less than two weeks after the resumption of the Premier League, it means that if Tottenham progress in both Europe and the Carabao Cup, they’ll have to play nine competitive matches across a 22-day period.
Spurs restart their domestic campaign against Everton on Sunday 13th September before travelling to Southampton seven days later. However, a trip to Bulgaria against Lokomotiv Plodiv in the Europa League 2nd qualifying round is sandwiched between those two games.
But it’s the following week when Mourinho’s schedule becomes slightly ridiculous.
If Tottenham beat Plodiv, they’ll travel to St Mary’s on Sunday 20th, be in Carabao Cup action on that Tuesday before facing a Europa League 3rd qualifying round tie in either Romania or Macedonia less than 48 hours later.
Take a look at the potential gruelling schedule below.
Sunday 13th September – Everton (H)
Thursday 17th September – Lokomotiv Plodiv (A)
Sunday 20th September – Southampton (A)
Tuesday 22nd September – Carabao Cup R3
Thursday 24th September – Europa League 3QR (A)
Saturday 25th September – Newcastle (H)
Tuesday 29th September – Carabao Cup R4
Thursday 1st October – Europa League Play-Off
Saturday 3rd October – Manchester United (H)