Arsenal’s FA Cup glory is a blow to Spurs in the Europa League as Jose Mourinho’s men now face three nightmarish qualifying rounds ahead of the group stages … potentially facing trips to Estonia and Kazakhstan
- Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to win the FA Cup on Saturday
- The triumph earned the Gunners a place in the Europa League, stealing the place from the Wolves
- Mikel Arteta’s side also pushed Tottenham back into qualifying order
- Jose Mourinho’s men face grueling qualifying race just for the group stages
- They could face a Belarusian, Kazakh, Montenegrin club or even a Faroe Islands club.
The glory of the FA Cup is increasingly sweeter for Arsenal, with their triumph plunging Spurs into the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Mikel Arteta won his first trophy as Gunners boss with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley – giving North Londoners a place in UEFA’s second tier competition next season .
Wolves have been the big losers after relying on a Chelsea win to qualify, while Jose Mourinho will also be angry as more match days have been added to his list of matches on the full-time whistle by Anthony Taylor.
Tottenham’s 2020-21 season has already been made more difficult after Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph
The Gunners qualified for the Europa League with their win over Chelsea at Wembley
Spurs now face three more qualifying rounds just to play in the group stages of the competition
Tottenham will need to win three qualifying rounds to even enter the Europa League group stages next season, with potential opponents like FC Kaisar and Andorran side Santa Coloma.
The first game is scheduled for September 17, just five days after the start of the 2020-21 season, which means Mourinho will already have an additional complicating factor in his squad selection for Premier League games.
The move is representative of Spurs’ rapid decline in 12 months, from the jubilation of the Champions League semi-final against Ajax and the final in Madrid to the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and a sixth place finish in 2019-20 .
POTENTIAL OPPONENTS OF SPURS
Teams Tottenham may face in the Europa League qualifying rounds:
Kesla FK (Azerbaijan)
Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan)
Kaysar Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan)
Ordabasy Shymkent (Kazakhstan)
Sutjeska Niksic (Montenegro)
OFI Heraklion (Crete, Greece)
FK Knights (Lithuania)
FH Hafnarfjörður (Iceland)
Santa Coloma (Andorra)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Biélorussie)
Kalju Nomme (Estonia)
Backa Topola (Serbia)
Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbia)
Spurs’ decline has been rapid since last season’s Champions League final loss to Liverpool
However, Mourinho sparked a revival when Spurs broke into European qualifying with a six-game unbeaten streak to end their Premier League campaign, including victory over Arsenal.
The Portuguese manager is hoping to improve considerably next season, having to cling to star man Harry Kane – the Englishman being linked with a big move to Manchester United.