Arsenal’s FA Cup glory deals rivals Spurs huge Europa League blow as Jose Mourinho’s men now face three nightmare rounds of qualifying before group stages… potentially facing trips to Estonia and Kazakhstan
- Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup on Saturday
- The triumph earned the Gunners a Europa League place, stealing Wolves’ spot
- Mikel Arteta’s side also bumped Tottenham down the qualification order
- Jose Mourinho’s men face a gruelling qualifying run just for the group stages
- They could face Belarusian, Kazakh, Montenegrin or even a Faroe Islands club
Published: 00:20 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 00:33 BST, 2 August 2020
FA Cup glory is getting ever sweeter for Arsenal, with their triumph plunging Spurs into the Europa League qualification rounds.
Mikel Arteta bagged his first trophy as Gunners boss with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley – landing the north Londoners a spot UEFA’s second-tier competition next season.
Wolves were the big losers having been reliant on a Chelsea victory for qualification, while Jose Mourinho will also be fuming as extra match-days were added to his fixture list upon Anthony Taylor’s full-time whistle.
Tottenham’s 2020-21 season has already been made harder after Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph
The Gunners qualified for the Europa League with their victory over Chelsea at Wembley
Spurs now face three extra qualifying rounds just to play in the group stages of the compeition
Tottenham will have to win three qualifying rounds to even enter next season’s Europa League group stages, with the likes of Kazakh side FC Kaisar and Andorran outfit Santa Coloma potential opponents.
The first match is scheduled for September 17, just five days into the 2020-21 season, meaning Mourinho will already have an additional complicating factor in his team selection for Premier League games.
The blow is representative of Spurs’ rapid 12-month decline, from Champions League semi-final jubilation against Ajax and the final in Madrid to Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and a sixth-place finish in 2019-20.
SPURS’ POTENTIAL OPPONENTS
The teams Tottenham can face in the Europa League qualification rounds:
Kesla FK (Azerbaijan)
Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan)
Kaysar Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan)
Ordabasy Shymkent (Kazakhstan)
Sutjeska Niksic (Montenegro)
OFI Heraklion (Crete, Greece)
FK Riteriai (Lithuania)
FH Hafnarfjardar (Iceland)
Santa Coloma (Andorra)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Belarus)
Kalju Nomme (Estonia)
Backa Topola (Serbia)
Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbia)
Spurs’ decline has been rapid from last season’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool
However, Mourinho sparked a revival as Spurs stormed into European qualification with a six-game unbeaten run to finish their Premier League campaign, including victory over Arsenal.
The Portuguese boss will be hoping to vastly improve next season, needing to hang-on to star-man Harry Kane – with the Englishman linked to a big Manchester United move.