Tottenham Hotspur face an away trip to Bulgaria this evening as they look to take a step closer to the Europa League group stages.
Thanks to the Lilywhites finishing in sixth last season and Arsenal winning the FA Cup, Jose Mourinho and his men must navigate through three different Europa League qualifiers.
The first test comes in the form of a winner takes all contest away to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, with extra-time and penalties on the cards in the one-legged affair.
If Spurs win, they face two more qualifiers before the group stage propper; if they lose, their European campaign is over before it even begins.
Tottenham last won a trophy back in 2008 when they lifted the Carling Cup and a Europa League victory would not only end the drought, but also provide an avenue for Champions League football for next season.
One person who is backing Spurs to win is the Lokomotiv Plovdiv manager’s son, who claimed that Harry Kane would blow his father’s team away.
Bruno Akrapovic revealed that his 10-year old son told him (Football London): “Tottenham is a big name, only one thing my little son, who is 10-years-old, he told me we didn’t have any chance.
“I asked him why, he said ‘Because of Harry Kane’. I asked him what was so special and he said only the name tells you everything. Harry Kane, like hurricane.
“It is nice. I hope we have a good game, a special situation for the whole of Bulgaria, it is a big game for everyone. First of all, I hope everything goes positive.
“For us this game is very important, not only for us all of Bulgaria, especially Plovdiv. It is a special game. We try to do our best in every game.
“It is not so easy tomorrow with how big a club Tottenham are. For us, it is important that we play to our style and maybe we can surprise the opponent in some situations.
“We want to play in our style that we play all the time in the Bulgarian league, it is not so easy but our team is prepared for the game. We want to do the best to get the result for us.
“We play offensive football, 3-5-2 with many short passes. We want to have transformation up and down during the whole game. That will not be so easy against Tottenham. We try to do it in every game.”
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