According to the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to move their Europa League tie with Lokomotiv Plovdiv to north London has been rejected, and the Bulgarian club’s owner has blasted their official ‘offer‘ to rearrange the qualifier.
Spurs gear up for a busy fixture calendar ahead of the 2020/21 season, including a Europa League qualifying round tie with Plovdiv in just under two weeks’ time – a match which the Lilywhites are due to play only four days after their opening Premier League game against Everton.
The tie is due to be held in Bulgaria, with Plovdiv given home advantage at their Lokomotiv Stadium, prompting Tottenham to try and rearrange the location for England due to a heavy run of fixtures.
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As a result of Spurs’ attempts to move the game to London, Plovdiv owner Hristo Krucharski has slammed the English club ahead of the clash in mid-September, insisting that the match will be played in Bulgaria as scheduled and backing his team to overturn Mourinho’s side.
“There was an offer from Tottenham to play there. But I told them quickly that we don’t play for money but for pleasure,” Krucharski said, as per quotes from the Daily Star.
“We are Bulgarians. We have the chance to host this match here and the match will be played on Bulgarian soil.
“The miracle is clear. That we will beat them. We will beat them. The question is by how much.”
This could come as a blow for manager Mourinho and the Spurs squad, especially considering the flight path and travel time for a mid-week match before Tottenham are required to be action again the following weekend.
It’s likely that the Portuguese boss will heavily rotate his squad for the tie, potentially giving the likes of Jack Clarke, Cameron Carter-Vickers and fellow youngsters a chance to shine.
Club record signing Tanguy Ndombele, if he hasn’t been sold by then, could also be tested out as Spurs aim to overcome the Bulgarian minnows, whose owner is full of bombast ahead of the match.
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