Tottenham Hotspur’s upcoming Europa League round of 16 ties against Dinamo Zagreb have been reversed, the club have confirmed.
The first leg was due to be held in Croatia on Thursday 11th March, but it will now take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with an 8pm kick-off, with Jose Mourinho’s side jetting off to Zagreb on Thursday 18 March where kick-off will take place at 5:55pm.
Football journalist Alasdair Gold has taken to Twitter to reveal the reason for the switch is due to to the fact that UEFA moved the fixture to avoid the two teams from the same city playing at home on the same evening rule with Arsenal facing Olympiacos at the Emirates on March 18th.
The Gunners’ fixture takes priority over Tottenham’s since they are domestic cup winners following their FA Cup win against Chelsea last season.
One positive of the fixture amendment is the fact that Tottenham will now not have to travel abroad just days before the North London derby.
UEFA has switched the games to avoid two teams from the same city playing at home on the same evening as set out in the rules. As domestic cup winners, Arsenal’s fixtures remain as drawn. One possible positive angle is Spurs don’t have to fly back from Croatia before the NLD.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) March 1, 2021
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