Tottenham: Does Mourinho finally trust Bale?
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Tottenham are “second favourites” to win the Europa League, according to Tim Sherwood, but the former Spurs boss warns of three teams Jose Mourinho will want to avoid in the next round. Wolfsberger proved no match for Tottenham in their last-32 tie with Mourinho’s side winning 8-1 over the two legs.
They’re second leg tie was moved forward 24 hours due to Arsenal also being drawn to play at home on the same day – although the Gunners will in fact play their tie at Olympiakos’ Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.
Mourinho was able to rest a host of his usual first-team players such as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son due to their 4-0 first-leg lead.
Dele Alli put in his best performance this season with the midfielder scoring an incredible overhead kick along with setting up two goals.
Gareth Bale also got on the scoresheet while Carlos Vinicius bagged a brace to comfortably put Tottenham in the hat for Friday’s Europa League last-16 draw.
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All other ties will be decided tonight with a host of games close heading into the second leg.
Spurs are one of the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League, but teams such as AC Milan, Ajax and Roma all remain possible threats.
However, Sherwood has picked out all three other English sides as the teams Tottenham will want to “avoid” on their road to the final.
“They are second favourites to win it,” Sherwood said.
“Manchester United will be favourites. I think it’s all in the draw now.
“You want to try and avoid Manchester United. You want to avoid Arsenal. You want to avoid Leicester.
“I think the English teams are the real force in this competition.”
Tottenham are still looking to win their first major piece of silverware since 2008.
At one stage this season, it looked as though Mourinho’s side would be capable of mounting a surprise title challenge.
But results have tailed off in the league in recent months, leaving Tottenham ninth in the table and nine points adrift of the Champions League places.
They will have a chance in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City at the end of April.
However, the Europa League may well prove to be Tottenham’s only chance of securing Champions League football next season.
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