They were initially set to travel to Croatia on Thursday 11 March before hosting Zoran Mamic’s team in north London the following week.

The spurs are favourites to win the Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur will be forced to reverse their upcoming UEFA Europa League round-of-16 game against Dinamo Zagreb after being ordered by UEFA, the club confirmed. José Mourinho’s side are among the front-line players to take home the trophy. They were initially set to travel to Croatia on Thursday 11 March. Before hosting Zoran Mamic’s team in north London the following week. They will now instead greet the Prva HNL outfit first. Before they fly out to fulfil the return fixture on Thursday, 18 March, to avoid a clash with Arsenal. Premier League sides were initially brought to host the second leg of their tie with Zagreb, alongside the Gunners. They are scheduled to welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates Stadium the same week.

Gareth Bale puts Tottenham to winning ways in the EPL

However, Article 21 of the UEFA Europa League regulations for the 2020/21 season prohibits two teams from the same city from playing at home on the same evening. It means that one of the clubs had to change its fixtures. Thanks to qualifying through the FA Cup last year Arsenal subsequently took first place. It means that it is the Gunners who must change their schedule. The Spurs are a far cry away from the giddy highs of that surprise Champions League final match two years ago under Mauricio Pochettino. But their performances across the continent suggest that they are among the definite favourites to succeed this season in the secondary tournament in European club football. Mourinho’s side have lost just one match so far in the Europa League this season, against Antwerp in the group stages. And they were more frequently found delivering substantial routs of their various opponents.


Gareth Bale’s master class put Tottenham to winning ways in the Premier League over the weekend against Burnley. The victory marked only their second three-point haul in seven top-flight games. That dismal run of form left them six points behind fourth-placed West Ham, albeit with a play. And jostling for a spot next to their big-six rivals Liverpool and Chelsea. Mourinho admitted that the Europa League motivates him, particularly following their league difficulties. The tournament represents a route to Champions League football if they manage to lift the trophy.