UEFA has decided that Tottenham’s Europa League last 16 ties against Dinamo Zagreb must be switched around and that might provide a slight boost ahead of the north London derby.
Following the decision, both legs of the tie will still be hosted at each club’s home stadium but the first leg will now be taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday March 11 (kick-off 8pm).
The return leg for Spurs will take place at Stadium Maksimir in Zagreb on Thursday March 18 (kick off 5.55pm UK time).
With Arsenal also set to play against Olympiacos on March 18 at the same time, UEFA switched the games to avoid two teams from the same city playing at home on the same evening in accordance with Article 21 of the UEFA Europa League regulations for the 2020/21 season, and the principles approved by the Club Competitions Committee.
As domestic cup winners, Arsenal were allowed their fixtures to remain as drawn, meaning that they will play at home in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie with Olympiacos.
While Tottenham will have to see out the tie away from home it does give them one slight benefit in the Premier League.
Now Jose Mourinho‘s men will not have to fly back from Croatia on the Thursday night ahead of the north London derby against Arsenal a couple of days later on March 14.
Mikel Arteta’s men will be flying back from Greece that Thursday night beforehand after their first leg exertions.