How Tottenham can still reach the Europa Conference League Round of 16 after shock loss to Minnows Mura


TOTTENHAM shot themselves in the foot with their humiliating loss to Europa Conference League minnows Mura.

They can still qualify for the knockout stage of the minor competition – but only narrowly.


Tottenham fans couldn’t believe what they saw in SloveniaCredit: Getty

And if they do, they will have to play an extra match in the next round because they can no longer win their group.

Spurs were in shambles as they crumbled to a pathetic 2-1 defeat in Slovenia on Thursday night.

New boss Antonio Conte was left speechless at full time and admitted he was “not a magician” who could solve the club’s problems overnight.

Former midfielder Jamie O’Hara has even claimed that a handful of players should never wear the famous Lilywhite shirt again.

The loss to the mid-table Slovenians means the best Spurs can now manage is to finish second in Group G.

To do so, they will probably have to beat Rennes by two goals better than their rivals Vitesse have beaten Mura.

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That, of course, assumes the Dutch side do what Spurs couldn’t and win against Minnows.

Rennes top the qualifying group with 11 points, while Conte and Vitesse’s men both sit on 7 points.

The eight group winners automatically advance to the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League.

But the group runners-up need to play an extra play-off to reach that stage – against the third-placed teams in the Europa League senior group stage.

And after his side’s abject performance on Thursday, one more game in this competition is probably the last thing Conte wants now.

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