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Tottenham learn Europa Conference League group stage opponents

Jude Summerfield
Tottenham have learned their group stage opponents for the Europa Conference League
Tottenham have learned their group stage opponents for the Europa Conference League / OZAN KOSE/Getty Images
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Tottenham have learned their opponents for the group stage of the inaugural Europa Conference League.

Spurs dispatched of Pacos de Ferreira in a play-off on Thursday night, overcoming a 1-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 victory courtesy of two Harry Kane strikes and an own goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The draw took place on Friday afternoon, with Tottenham placed in pot one, and saw them drawn against Ligue 1 side Rennes, Dutch outfit Vitesse and and Slovenian team NS Mura in Group G.

Rennes have competed in the Champions League recently and still have sought after midfielder Eduardo Camavinga on their books, though they could only manage a sixth place finish in Ligue 1 last season.

Vitesse, which has often been a home for Chelsea loan players in Holland, beat Dundalk and Anderlecht in their qualifiers, while Mura overcame Shkendija, Ludogorets Razgrad, Zalgiris and Sturm Graz.

A poor campaign under Jose Mourinho saw Spurs finish seventh in the Premier League last season, taking England's sole qualification spot for the new competition. It will give new manager Nuno Espirito Santo the opportunity to play squad players and youngsters on the fringes of the squad, as seen in the two games against Pacos de Ferreira.

Despite a tumultuous summer which included a drawn out manager search and speculation over star striker Kane's future, the north London side have started well under Santo, winning their opening two Premier League games against Manchester City and Wolves.

Elsewhere in the draw, Mourinho's new side Roma have been given Zorya Luhansk, CSKA Sofia and Bodo/Glimt, while Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps will face Copenhagen, PAOK and Slovan Bratislava.

The winners of the competition will automatically qualify for the Europa League next season, unless they go one better in their respective league and earn a spot in the Champions League.


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