Lokomotiv Plovdiv owner Hristo Krusharski has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur offered to play the Europa League second-round tie in North London but he rejected the proposal.
Spurs were drawn away to the Bulgarian side and later learned on Tuesday that another trip to eastern Europe awaits them in the third round, with a potential clash against either Romanian club FC Botosani or Macedonian club FK Shkendija on the cards.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men will first have to get past Plovdiv on September 17 and the mind games from the Bulgarian side are already in full swing.
Head coach Bruno Akrapovich admitted even before the draw that he would like nothing more than to be drawn against Tottenham and get the better of them (MBS).
Plovdiv owner Hristo Krusharski confidently claimed in an interview to BTV Novinite earlier this week that his club will get the better of Spurs.
Krusharski has now admitted that he turned down the Lilywhites’ offer to play the game in London although his club would have gained financially had he agreed.
He once again reiterated Plovdiv’s intention to beat the Premier League side.
As quoted by MBS News, the Plovdiv owner said: “There was an offer from Tottenham to play there, but I told them to answer quickly that we do not play for money, but for pleasure. We are Bulgarians, we have a chance here and the match will be played on Bulgarian soil.
“TVs for no money as much as you want. Only one TV station gives money. I will not hide it. They come with offers for Bulgaria, this is Nova TV. Everyone else wants to give us advertising time during the match.
“During the match advertising time It’s mine, the match is mine. If someone gives money, let them bid, give them and take the rights. For now, only Nova TV gives money.
“The miracle is clear. That we will beat them, we will beat them. The question is how much. Now everyone will start with the fact that I am crazy, a peasant, a simpleton, etc. What is happening is indicative of the whole of Bulgaria. Everything is done with patience and a lot of order.”
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While this game looks like it should be a breeze on paper, it is clear that we cannot just expect to show up and get the better of them. This is perhaps one of the biggest games in Lokomotiv Plovdiv’s recent history and so their players will be giving their all.
One would think that Jose Mourinho would not allow complacency to creep in, especially given how hard we worked to finish sixth. However, the challenging part will be the extremely congested schedule we have, with less than 48 hours rest ahead of the trip to Bulgaria.
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