Tottenham Hotspur are in the UEFA Europa League after a 4-1 first leg win against knockout debutant Wolfsberg before their fourth knockout stage.
• Spurs took a 2-0 home win against Antwerp on Matchday 6 and won the group J. Tottenham had a total of 13 points, one point ahead of the Belgians and three points ahead of LASK. The national LASK rival Wolfsberg took second place in Group K. In the two games against group winners Dinamo Zagreb there were defeats, but you could collect ten points against Feyenoord and CSKA Moskva.
• The first leg, Wolfsberg’s first duel with an English club in UEFA club competition, took place at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, where Heung-Min Son, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and, shortly before the end, substitute Carlos Vinícius won a clear victory made clear for Tottenham. Michael Liendl’s fifth goal this season – the fourth from the penalty spot – was just a cosmetic result.
• After the two group games against LASK (3-0 win in London and 3-3 draw in Linz), Tottenham are now unbeaten in seven games against Austrian opponents (5S, 2U). The English won all three home games without conceding a goal.
• Tottenham failed to make it into the top four in the Premier League in 2019/20 for the first time in five years. The Spurs were only sixth and had to forego the premier class after four consecutive appearances in the UEFA Champions League. In 2018/19, the Spurs had reached the final. Last season the English failed in the round of 16 at Leipzig (0-1 at home, 0-3 away).
• The Spurs started the 2020/21 season a little earlier than in previous years. José Mourinho’s team prevailed against Lokomotiv Plovdiv (2-1) and Shkëndija (3-1) in qualifying before beating Maccabi Haifa 7-2 at home in the play-offs and qualifying for the sixth time made perfect for the group stage. In Group J there was a surprising 0: 1 defeat in Antwerp on matchday 2, but this was followed by two wins against Ludogorets (3: 1 a, 4: 0 h). A draw against LASK brought the ticket for the next round and for the triumph against the Belgians on matchday 6 there was group victory as a reward.
• This is Tottenham’s sixth appearance in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. You could win three of the previous five duels, but the English were eliminated last in this round. Against Ghent, the Spurs lost 0-1 away in 2016/17 and could not turn the tables at Wembley (2-2). The two-time UEFA Cup winners 2012/13 had their most successful season in the UEFA Europa League when they reached the quarter-finals.
• Tottenham have lost three of their ten European home games at the new stadium, including a 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich last season. This season they won all four home games and scored 16 goals. In the knockout phase of the UEFA Europa League, Tottenham’s home record is 4S 3U 2N, with only one win in the last five games (2U 2N).
• Spurs have prevailed in all 22 UEFA duels when they won the first leg away, including the first-ever UEFA Cup final when they won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1971/72 and 1 in the second leg : 1 played on White Hart Lane. You have never won an away first leg 4-1 before.
• Wolfsberg, who rose to the top division of Austria for the first time in 2012, took third place in the table in 2019/20, repeating the best placement in the club’s history from the previous year. The second qualification for the UEFA Europa League in a row was thus perfect. Last season Wolfsberg finished last in Group J with five points.
• This is only the third time the club has entered a European competition and has now reached the knockout round for the first time. Despite the defeats against Dinamo (0: 1 away, 0: 3 at home), Ferdinand Feldhofer’s team qualified for the round of 32. There were two wins against Feyenoord (4-1 away, 1-0 at home) and against CSKA they scored four points (1-1 at home, 1-0 away).
• Wolfsberg has had a good time in UEFA club competitions abroad (4S 1U 3N).
• Wolfsberg has only lost the first leg at home in a UEFA duel once, in 2015/16 in the third qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League when Borussia Dortmund went 5-0 after a 1-0 defeat in Austria.
• First leg goalscorer Bale, who converted a penalty in the 3-3 away win against LASK, has played three international matches against Austria for Wales. In the first game he scored a goal in a 2-1 win in the friendly in Swansea on February 6, 2013.
• Son was among the goalscorers in all three games against Austrian opponents this season.
• Mourinho’s only season so far in the UEFA Europa League has ended in triumph: he led Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Ajax in the 2016/17 final. In 2002/03 he won the UEFA Cup with Porto.
• Tottenham’s sixth participation in the UEFA Europa League group stage was a record for an English club. On Matchday 2, they became the first Premier League club to hit 50 games in the competition.
• Tottenham have now scored 97 goals in the UEFA Europa League – as many as Arsenal – and have the chance to become the first English club to break the 100 goal.
• Wolfsberg midfielder Christopher Wernitznig will be 31st birthday on match day.
• Spurs are one of six former UEFA Cup winners to play in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League this year – alongside Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli, PSV Eindhoven and Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester United (2016/17) are the only club to win the UEFA Europa League.
• Wolfsberg is one of five clubs to have made it to the UEFA Europa League knockout round for the first time this season. Antwerp, Granada, Hoffenheim and Leicester City are also breaking new ground.
• Tottenham’s record on three UEFA penalties stands at 1S 2N:
4: 3 against Anderlecht in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup final
5-6 against PSV Eindhoven, round of 16 in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup
1: 4 against Basel, quarter-finals in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League
• Wolfsberg have never faced a UEFA penalty shootout.