The Europa League is sometimes looked at as a minor inconvenience rather than a prestigious European trophy due to the notoriously high number of matches you have to play to win the competition.
Some Spurs fans on social media insisted that they would have rather seen the side miss out on Europe all together than qualify for the Europa League, and that is not surprising given how much of a hindrance it can be to play Thursday and Sunday.
However, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he would rather be in the competition and has already stated his ambition to win it next year.
Football.London have now revealed that Spurs will have to play an astonishing 18 extra matches if they are to win the trophy in the 2020/21 season.
In comparison, Spurs played only 13 matches when they made it to the final of the Champions League last season.
Not only will Tottenham have to play three qualifiers to get into the group stages after Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final, but the Europa League also features one more knockout round than the Champions League.
Mourinho’s men are certainly going to have their work cut out for them if they are want to go all way next season.
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18 additional games is essentially an extra half a league season worth and the fact that we will have to travel to the far reaches of Europe on Thursday nights will make it that much more difficult to consistently pick up wins in the Premier League on the weekends. This is why it is essential that we strengthen our squad considerably this summer if we are planning on taking the Europa League and the domestic cup competitions seriously.
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