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Tottenham have won the race nobody wanted to win and will now compete in next season’s inaugural Europa Conference League.
The rest of the country might be struggling to get away this year, but Spurs can now look forward to visiting the likes of Honka, Mons Calpe, Paide Linnameeskond and FC Petrocub Hincesti in Europe’s third-tier tournament.
Ryan Mason's side confirmed their participation next season with a thrilling 4-2 win over Leicester on the final to pip north London rivals Arsenal to seventh spot by a single point.
The Europa Conference League is a newly-created competition designed to give more clubs a taste of European football, particularly teams from nations who fail to qualify for the Champions League and Europa League.
Spurs will enter the competition at the play-off stage in August and face a two-legged tie to make it through to the group stages.
The bad news keeps on coming for the north Londoners, with the play-off round taking place on 19th August and 26th August – after the start of the Premier League season.
If they can negotiate the play-off round, clubs will then take part in the group stage which runs from 16th September to 9th December.
There are eight groups in total, and as per traditional UEFA competition all four teams within an individual group will face each other home and away for the right to progress to the next round.
The eight group winners automatically progress through to the last-16, with the eight group runners-up facing third-place teams from the Europa League in an additional knockout round in February.
Once the knockout round is concluded, remaining clubs will then compete in a two-legged last-16, quarter-final and semi-final ties before the final on 25th May 2021.
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The final itself will be held in 22,500 capacity Air Albania Stadium, which as the name suggests, is found in Tirana, Albania.
All matches throughout the competition will be held at either 5:45pm or 8:00pm on a Thursday night, providing maximum annoyance for Premier League managers.
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