Jose Mourinho’s nightmare Europa League qualifying scenario is quickly becoming a reality after Tottenham were handed another away tie on Tuesday morning – this time a trip to either Romanian side Botoşani or Shkendija of Macedonia in the 3rd qualifying round.
That draw came just 24 hours after Spurs were paired with Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the 2nd qualifying round – with that game scheduled for 17 September, which is sandwiched between their Premier League opener against Everton and their visit to Southampton on 20 September.
If Tottenham are successful against Plovdiv, they’ll travel to either Romania or Macedonia seven days later.
And if Spurs are victorious in their 3rd qualifying round tie, Mourinho’s side face a one-legged play-off on 1 October – with the winners going through to the Europa League group stage.
Tottenham are also in Carabao Cup 3rd round action – which is yet to be drawn – just days before their 3rd qualifying tie, meaning the north Londoners are facing a gruelling prospect of nine games in the first 20 days of the 2020-2021 season, in what is becoming a far from ideal start to the campaign for Mourinho.
? The winners of our @EuropaLeague second qualifying tie will face Botoşani or Shkëndija away.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2020