The draw for the 2020/21 Europa League group stage took place on Friday afternoon, with Tottenham learning their three opponents for this season’s competition.
Spurs haven’t played in the Europa League since the 2016/17 campaign when they featured in the Round of 32 after being dumped out of the Champions League before the knockout phase.
The Londoners were surprisingly knocked out by Belgian side Gent that year, but they will be hoping to go all the way in this time around – driven by the prize of a trophy coupled with Champions League qualification.
And now we know the teams Jose Mourinho’s men will be coming up against before the end of the calendar year.
Tottenham were in Pot 1 and so were among the first teams drawn out, placed in Group J. Their opponents in Group J are:
From Pot 2: Ludogorets of Bulgaria.
From Pot 3: LASK of Austria.
From Pot 4: Royal Antwerp of Belgium.
On paper, Tottenham shouldn’t have too many problems progressing to the knockout stages – they will be heavy favourites to top Group J.
That said, Spurs had a few issues against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and FK Shkendija in the qualifiers, and there were even shaky moments in Thursday’s 7-2 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
Mourinho must get the balance between resting his stars and taking the competition seriously correct.