Tottenham handed Russian or Israeli opponents in home EL play-off

Date published: Friday 18th September 2020 2:03

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Tottenham will face either Rostov or Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-off round, should they get through next week’s final qualifier.

Spurs progressed to their final qualifying tie against Macedonian club Shkendija after Thursday’s narrow win.

Jose Mourinho’s men scraped past Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria thanks to two late goals.

Should they beat Shkendija next Thursday, they will face either Russian side Rostov or Maccabi Haifa from Israel.

Unlike Thursday’s tie, however, Tottenham would be at home in next week’s play-off. The trip to Bulgaria to face Plovdiv was not ideal for Mourinho amid his club’s packed schedule.

Tottenham face Southampton on Sunday, before travelling to Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

The Carabao Cup third-round match is followed by the final Europa League qualifier, before a Premier League clash with Newcastle next Sunday.

Elsewhere in Friday’s draw at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters, Rangers and Celtic also learned their fates.

Steven Gerrard’s side will face either Galatasaray or Hajduk Split if they get past Dutch side Willem II.

Celtic, meanwhile, have been drawn to face Sarajevo or Buducnost Podgorica, should they get a positive result against Riga next Thursday.




Tottenham looked to be crashing out of the Europa League midway through the second half against Plovdiv.

Georgi Minchev handed the Bulgarians the lead on 71 minutes but two red cards set them back.

Harry Kane’s penalty and Tanguy Ndombele’s goal ensured Mourinho’s men progressed and Mourinho felt Ndombele put in a solid performance.

“Tanguy is in a process of evolution. Last season he wasn’t. He was stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution,” the manager said.

“Now he is in a moment where he is training very, very well. Today he gave us what we needed in the last 30 minutes.

“Now I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his ability but last season I doubted his effort and motivation. Now I think that Tanguy can do well for us.”

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