Tottenham Hotspur are in action in the Europa League on Wednesday night when they welcome the Wolfsberger AC in north London.
Usually, matches in this competition take place on Thursday – as was the case last week when the Spurs assured 4-1 in the round of 16 of the first 32 games.
Although there has been a small change in the schedule of the rematch at Tottenham Hotspur, which now takes place 24 hours earlier than many expected when it comes to the Europa League.
But why does Tottenham play on a night that is usually reserved for action from the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League?
Well, the answer is very simple. That’s because at the time of the quarter-finals, Arsenal rivals from the North London Spurs were expected to play a rematch against Benfica a few miles away at Emirates Stadium.
As a result, UEFA did not want two teams from the same city to operate on the same day.
The change of date was announced by Spurs on the day when it was revealed that they were paired with Austrian clothes back in December.
“Keep in mind, our rematch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will take place Wednesday, February 24, starting at 5pm in the UK , due to Arsenal’s participation in the competition “, it is stated in the statement on the official website of Spurs.
With the Arsenal match against Benfica no longer taking place in north London due to coronavirus restrictions, there is a case that the Spurs vs Wolfsberger could have been brought back on Thursday night.
However, given that the changes to the venue of the Europa League were only confirmed on 12 February, it is likely that UEFA did not feel the need for further changes.
Goals in the first game of Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius mean the Spurs have complete control ahead of the rematch, but Jose Mourinho says his side will not be easy against Wolfsberger.
“Of course we want to qualify, that’s the most important thing,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “But when you need victories in a bad result and I believe that what everyone wants in that locker room is not just the qualifications, but the victory in the match.
“In football, anything is possible and you always have to respect the nature of football and the nature of sports and know that anything can happen.
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“But the reality is a 4-1 away win is very good.
“So it’s not a matter of losing 3-0 or 2-0 and qualifying, but of qualifying and winning the match. So our approach will be very similar to the first game. We’re going there with a strong side.
“We’re going with a bench to help us reverse the direction of the game if need be, and at the same time with three or four young players we’d love to give them a chance to play minutes with the first team, but our first team climb will be very similar to the one that started in Hungary, because we want to be strong.