Tottenham Hotspur: Europa League last 32 tie away to Wolfsberger shifted to Budapest
As confirmed by the club’s official website, Tottenham will travel to Budapest to play the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie against Austrian side FC Wolfsberger.
The match was originally scheduled to take place at the Worthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt. However, the COVID-19 regulations in Austria mean that it is no longer an option. UEFA have now decided to shift the match to the Puskas Stadium in the Hungarian capital.
The return leg is pencilled in for 24th February and will be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Spurs are just one of three English sides who have been forced to play their away leg at a neutral venue. Arsenal face SL Benfica in Athens while Manchester United will travel to Turin to take on Real Sociedad.
The change in venue will see Spurs endure a slightly longer flight to Budapest. Though it is not a huge distance, it remains to be seen if it will have an impact on our preparations for West Ham United. Jose Mourinho’s side take on their London rivals on the 21st February.
Spurs are expected to win against Wolfsberger and progress to the last-16 of the competition. Tottenham have made it to the final of this season’s Carabao Cup as they look to end their 13-year wait for a trophy.
The UEFA Cup is a competition Spurs have a proud history in. Two-time winners of the competition, Spurs will look to repeat their heroics from 1972 and 1984. Going all the way will see Mourinho lift the trophy for the third time, with three different teams.
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There is still a long way to go and Tottenham will first need to beat Wolfsberger. Spurs have blown hot and cold this season and cannot afford to take the result for granted.