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Tottenham's Europa League fixture with Dinamo Zagreb reversed


Advantage Tottenham! Spurs WON’T travel to Croatia to play Dinamo Zagreb before the north London derby because two teams in the Europa League cannot play in the same city on the same night with Arsenal’s trip to Olympiacos seen as the priority

  • Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of the north London derby 
  • Spurs will face Dinamo Zagreb at home next Thursday instead of travelling
  • UEFA have acted as two teams are not allowed to play in same city on same night
  • Arsenal return to play rivals Tottenham on March 14 from the first leg in Greece

Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of the north London derby – after Tottenham’s Europa League fixture with Dinamo Zagreb was reversed.

The move means that the Portuguese’s men will take on the Croatians on home soil next Thursday, instead of heading overseas before their Sunday date at rivals Arsenal.

UEFA have acted as two teams are not allowed to play in the same city on the same night, despite the fact no fans will be present. 

Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of the north London derby next week

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal welcome Spurs on March 14

Jose Mourinho (L) has been handed a boost ahead of the north London derby against Mikel Arteta’s (R) Arsenal next week

Spurs were due to play the second leg at home on the same evening that Arsenal entertain their Europa League opponents Olympiacos, on March 18.

Thanks to their FA Cup victory, Arsenal are deemed by UEFA as of a higher priority, and as a result, their fixture has not been reversed. 

But the unintended knock-on effect will raise some smiles across North London given it means Spurs will head into the derby without having travelled across Europe, with Arsenal returning to play from the first leg in Greece. 

Mourinho has long been a critic over fixture scheduling. However, the Tottenham boss, whose eighth-placed side thrashed Burnley 4-0 on Sunday after defeat at West Ham raised questions, will no doubt be cheered by the switch as he seeks a strong finish to the season.

Spurs will head into derby without having travelled across Europe after UEFA changed dates

Spurs will head into derby without having travelled across Europe after UEFA changed dates

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