The potentially hectic start to the 2020/21 campaign set to be faced by Tottenham has today been revealed.
Tottenham’s cup competitions
Spurs finished 6th in the Premier League table last time out, securing a spot in the Europa League for 2020/21.
Had Arsenal failed to win the FA Cup in August, Jose Mourinho’s men would have entered the Europa League at the group stage phase.
However, the Gunners’ victory over Chelsea means that the Lilywhites will instead enter the competition in the qualifying rounds, the first outing of which is set to see Spurs face Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plovdiv on September 17th:
🇮🇪 Shamrock v AC Milan 🇮🇹
🇧🇬 Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Tottenham
🇦🇿 Neftçi v Galatasaray 🇹🇷
Second qualifying round ties: 17 September #UEL
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 31, 2020
Tottenham have also, on Sunday, learned who they will face in the 3rd round of the League Cup later this month, with the north Londoners set to take on one of Leyton Orient or Plymouth:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 6, 2020
Tottenham’s hectic campaign
And, as outlined above, with Spurs now aware of their League Cup opponents, the hectic upcoming schedule potentially facing Mourinho’s side has been revealed.
Tottenham will begin their 2020/21 season against Everton in the Premier League on September 13th.
Four days later, they are in Europa League action vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Should they, as expected, secure a win in this tie, their next European game will take place on September 24th.
Following the Lokomotiv Plovdiv game, meanwhile, Spurs are away to Southampton on the 20th of September, with a trip to Plymouth or Leyton Orient in the League Cup following two days later.
If the Lilywhites secure a 3rd round victory, which seems likely, they will then take to the pitch in the League Cup once again on September 29th.
Before that, though, they must face Newcastle in the league, followed by a potential Europa League outing on the 24th.
Incredibly, a Europa League play-off could then be forthcoming on the 1st of October, just two days prior to a trip to Manchester United.
So, in summary, if Spurs win in the 3rd round of the League Cup, and progress through the Europa League qualifying rounds, they will be forced to play out eight fixtures in the space of just 21 days, an average of over a game every 3 days.
Tottenham’s start to the season:
Sept 13: Everton (H)
Sept 17: Loko Plovdiv (A, UEL)
Sept 20: Southampton (A)
Sept 22: Leyton Orient or Plymouth (A, EFL)
Sept 24: Botosani or Shkendija (A, UEL)
Sept 27: Newcastle (H)
Sept 29: EFL Cup R4
Oct 1: Europa League PO
Oct 3: Man Utd (A)
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) September 6, 2020