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Tottenham Hotspur draw Dnipro in UEFA Europa League

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Spurs and their new manager will have the pleasure of traveling to Ukraine in February.

Gabriele Maltinti

I know what you guys are thinking. You're thinking "since we've already sacked our manager, the only thing that could make today better is if we had to play a game in Ukraine in February". Well, you got your wish! Tottenham Hotspur have been drawn against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the UEFA Europa League first knockout round.

Dnipro have been a staple in the Europa League in recent years and have assembled a pretty impressive mix of foreign and domestic talent. Yevhen Konoplyanka is their biggest star and could be set for a move to a big club in a big four league shortly, while captain Ruslan Rotan marshals the midfield. You might also recognize former Premier League player Nikola Kalinić and occasional Ukraine international Roman Zozulya, who has rotated with Brazilian veteran Matheus up top.

It's a middle of the road draw as far as squad quality goes, but as far as travel, it really couldn't have been worse. Spurs are going to have to play in some absolutely horrific weather after a long flight. The away leg takes place on February 20 and the return leg at White Hart Lane will be on February 27.

If Tottenham progress, they will play the winner of the tie between PAOK Salonika and SL Benfica.