Tottenham face a trip to Bulgaria to take on Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second round of Europa League qualifying, it has been confirmed.
The tie, which is just one leg, will take place on September 17th, falling between Spurs’ first two Premier League games of the season.
🏆 🇧🇬 We have been drawn away to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second round of @EuropaLeague qualifying.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2020
Jose Mourinho’s men will play Everton at home in the top-flight curtain-raiser on Sunday the 13th, then Plovdiv the following Thursday, then Southampton on Sunday the 20th.
The long journey to Bulgaria has the potential to drain Spurs of energy ahead of the visit to Southampton, so Mourinho may choose to rest players in the Europa League qualifier.
That said, Tottenham obviously must beat Plovdiv if they are going to taste European success this season, meaning a strong team could play on Thursday and Sunday.
In any case, many Spurs fans have been reacting to the draw with a mix of confidence and fear of an embarrassing loss – it will be interesting to see how the Londoners cope with the pressure when the game comes around.
Here are some of the best supporter reactions from Twitter.
— HarveyWhiteGOAT🦆➐ (@thfclucas_) August 31, 2020
Anything less than a 9-0 win is a disgrace
— 😈 / Dier Propaganda (@sacramentoszn) August 31, 2020
Was always going to happen when their manager said he wanted us to go out there.
Pain to travel to and a tricky one-leg tie.
I hate that it's a straight shootout, as anything can happen.
Hoping we'll win convincingly though!
— It all seems a bit trivial now (@MattyFrench82) August 31, 2020
i'm terrified that we're gonna lose but coys
— Joe (@JoeGTHFC) August 31, 2020
this game in between 1st and 2nd game of the season, hope clarke, cirkin, white, bowden, devine have there passports ready
— 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸 (@_thfcjack) August 31, 2020
— Marcus🇰🇷 (@thfcmarcus) August 31, 2020
A mid week trip to Bulgaria right at the start of the season is quite ideal innit
— Chuck (@chuckAI9) August 31, 2020