‘Very positive’ – Mourinho reacts to getting Dinamo Zagreb in Europa League draw

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The Europa League draw for the Round of 16 was conducted today and Tottenham were drawn against Croatian giants, Dinamo Zagreb.

The first leg of this Round of 16 tie is scheduled to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 11, with the follow-up away leg coming on March 18 in Croatia.

Spurs qualified for the next round by defeating Austrian side Wolfsberger 8-1 on aggregate across the two Round of 32 legs.

If Spurs make it past Dinamo Zagreb, the quarter-final and semi-final draws will be conducted on March 19.

Tottenham have been without a trophy in 13 years now and a piece of European silverware would be the perfect addition to their cabinet this season.

Leicester City were knocked out of the competition last night while Man United, Arsenal and Rangers were drawn against AC Milan, Olympiacos, and Slavia Prague respectively.

Mourinho claimed that he felt positive about Tottenham’s draw due to the short flight time, but had plenty of praise for his upcoming Croatian opponents.

He said (Football London): “When you are in this competition and you get to this stage you don’t get easy clubs. If you want to win it, sooner or later you have to play against the best clubs or the ones who go through the different stages.

“So the objective now is to win against Dinamo and then if later Arsenal and Manchester United are in the competition we have always to face them.

“I think, yeah it happened in the Champions League final, two English clubs, happened in the Europa League with Arsenal and Chelsea too.

“It’s something that can happen and if it does, wonderful for us if we are one of the two teams and wonderful for English football to have two teams in the final.

“But in this moment 16 teams, everybody wants the same so it’s very premature to think about it. Dinamo, they beat Krasnodar twice.

“Krasnodar is a Russian team and it’s never easy to play them. I played Russian teams many times and it’s never easy. They beat them twice.

“In the group stage, of course, they won it, not only against Wolfsberger, but Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow. They are every season in European competitions.

“I played against them with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Croatian football is Croatian football, lots of talent. It’s a football country. Good stadium, I believe we are going to play there, good stadium. Not a very difficult flight, not too far.

“I feel very positive things but the most important thing is that we get to the quarter-finals.”

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