Tottenham Hotspur solely secured Europa League qualification on the ultimate day of the Premier League season, however Jose Mourinho‘s squad will probably be returning to European motion a lot before deliberate.
Arsenal‘s FA Cup win over Chelsea implies that Spurs will probably be getting into the Europa League on the second qualifying spherical, which suggests they should win three one-off qualifying matches to be able to attain the group stage.
Mourinho’s males start their European journey on September 17, and so they face the potential of making some daunting journeys to the far corners of Europe.
Sportsmail takes a have a look at the nightmare journeys Tottenham will probably be hoping to keep away from within the qualifying rounds….
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham should navigate three qualifying ties in the event that they wish to attain the Europa League correct
Spurs might need to face journeys to far-flung footballing outposts, together with travelling so far as jap Kazakhstan (proper)
Kazakhstani groups within the Europa League
FC Kairat- 3,478 miles from London
FC Ordabasy – 3,223 miles
FC Kaysar – 2,955 miles
Spurs may nicely face a visit to Kazakhstan in September, which might trigger some difficult journey plans for the north London facet.
2019 Kazakhstan cup winners FC Kaysar have already booked their place within the second qualifying spherical. The Wolves (no, not these ones) are primarily based within the metropolis of Kyzylorda, which is 2,955 miles away from London.
Nevertheless, the 2 different groups from the Kazakhstan Premier League are situated in cities which might be additional away from London than Kyzylorda.
FC Ordabasy are primarily based within the metropolis of Shymkent in deep south Kazakhstan, whereas FC Kairat play in Almaty in direction of the east of the nation.
A visit to Almaty is the furthest Spurs must journey, with town 3,478 miles away from London. That may imply a spherical journey of round 7,000 mijles.
Kazakhstan is presently scuffling with the coronavirus pandemic, with Kazakh authorities not permitting most overseas nationals to enter the nation.
Spurs might also need to quarantine for 14 days upon coming back from Kazakhstan, in line with Authorities laws.
Spurs could also be pressured to play ex-Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin (left)’s former crew in FC Kairat, 3,478 miles from London
Azerbaijani groups within the Europa League
Kesla FK – 2,467 miles
Neftci PFK – 2,467 miles
Sumgayit – 2,451 miles
Each of Tottenham’s fierce London rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal, needed to journey to Baku for the 2019 Europa League last – and Tottenham might need to journey to the identical metropolis within the event’s qualifying rounds.
Azerbaijani sides Neftci PFK and Kesla FK are each primarily based both in or instantly exterior Baku, which can also be set to be a number metropolis for the European Championships subsequent summer season.
The opposite Azerbaijan Premier League crew – Sumgayit FK – is situated barely nearer to London than the opposite two, although Mourinho will in all probability not fancy travelling to any of the three groups.
All three have to play one qualifying spherical earlier than having the prospect to play Spurs in spherical two.
In Baku and Sumgayit, all residents are being requested to remain of their house the place potential till August 31. Faces masks are necessary in public locations whereas the Baku metro is not going to function till lockdown is over.
The UK International Workplace has suggested towards any journey to Azerbaijan except it’s completely mandatory and the nation is on the UK’s quarantine record, however flights can be found to and from Baku.
Chelsea and Arsenal performed for the 2019 Europa League in Baku – and Spurs may go to the Azerbaijani capital too
Israeli groups within the Europa League
Hapoel Be’er Sheva – 2,253 miles
Beitar Jerusalem – 2,243 miles
Maccabi Haifa – 2,180 miles
Invite to Israel
Tottenham may additionally face a visit to Israel if the 2 top-flight sides from the nation win their first qualifying spherical tie.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva earned their place within the Europa League by successful the Israeli State Cup final season, with the membership primarily based 2,253 miles away from London.
Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, who completed second and third within the Israeli Premier League final season are additionally within the first qualifying spherical of the competitors.
International nationals are usually not permitted to enter the nation except they’re residents or residents of Israel, whereas anybody allowed to enter should presently isolate for 14 days.
The UK Authorities advises towards travelling to the entire of Israel except completely important, other than Gaza and the Golan Heights areas, which aren’t to be visited below any circumstances.
Mourinho may return to face Maccabi Haifa, who Chelsea performed within the 2015 Champions League, with Willian scoring
Armenian groups within the Europa League
FC Noah – 2,245 miles
FC Alashkert – 2,245 miles
Shirak Gyumri Sports activities Membership – 2,192 miles
Spurs in Armenia?
Two groups from the Armenian Premier League have reached the Europa League first qualifying spherical, placing them one recreation away from a visit to Tottenham.
Shirak Gyumri Sports activities Membership, which has a stadium capability of two,800, are one of many groups Mourinho’s facet may face from the nation.
FC Noah, primarily based in Yerevan, have been solely based in 2017 however may very well be pitted towards the likes of Harry Kane and co.
FC Alashkert took on Celtic in a Champions League qualifier in July 2018 and will face one other British opponent in Spurs.
Entering into Armenia could also be tough for Tottenham, nonetheless, as even nationals dwelling overseas are presently not allowed to enter their nation of origin.
Anybody who’s allowed to enter the nation should isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
The UK Authorities doesn’t advise journey to Gymuri and Yerevan except completely mandatory.
Spurs may face Celtic’s 2018 Champions League opponents FC Alashkert from Armenia, 2,245 miles away from London
Groups who’ve gained a European trophy by way of the qualifying rounds
2014 Europa League – Sevilla
2012 Europa League – Atletico Madrid
2011 Europa League – Porto
2010 Europa league – Atletico Madrid
2009 Champions League – Barcelona
2009 Europa League – Shakhtar Donetsk
2008 Europa League – Zenit St Petersburg
2007 Europa League – Sevilla
2007 Champions League – AC Milan
2005 Champions League – Liverpool
2003 Champions League – AC Milan
1999 Champions League – Man United
And has anybody ever lifted a European trophy having began within the qualifying rounds?
The reply to that query is sure. In truth, the Europa League has seen a number of groups win the competitors having began within the preliminary rounds of the event.
Between 2007 and 2014, all however one Europa League marketing campaign was gained by a crew starting within the qualifying rounds.
Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have lifted two editions of the competitors by way of this methodology, whereas Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg needed to undergo the very early levels of the event earlier than happening to win the entire thing.
There have additionally been a number of Champions League winners who needed to undergo the qualifying matches earlier than their wonderful marketing campaign.
Manchester United turned the primary crew to ever win a European event having gone by way of the qualifying course of in 1999.
The Crimson Devils started their treble-winning season with a Champions League second qualifying spherical tie towards Polish minnows LKS Lodz.
Their season ended with a dramatic 2-1 win over Bayern Munich within the Barcelona last.
Liverpool additionally wanted to undergo the qualifying rounds earlier than going onto win the 2005 Champions League last in Istanbul.
The Reds beat Austrian facet Grazer AK within the third qualifying spherical, though they misplaced the Anfield leg 1-0.
AC Milan have gained the Champions League twice, in 2003 and 2007, having gone by way of the qualifying rounds whereas Pep Guardiola’s first European triumph with Barcelona in 2009 wanted preliminary video games to be able to qualify the Catalan membership for the group stage.
Sevilla performed within the Europa League qualifying rounds in 2014 earlier than successful the entire thing below boss Unai Emery
Manchester United’s historic 1999 Treble-winning season started with a Champions League qualifying tie
Liverpool misplaced one among their qualifying spherical matches earlier than unforgettably successful the 2005 Champions League in Istanbul