Europa League draw: Tottenham and Swansea face trips to Eastern Europe

Harold Cunningham

Both Tottenham and Swansea face Eastern European opponents in the play-off round of the Europa League.

Spurs were drawn against Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia while were paired with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti.

reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season and will be fairly confident of sweeping past the Georgian minnows.

to reach this stage but did so with easy 4-0 on aggregate.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup claims his side won’t be getting ahead of themselves.

"You take it step by step, we have two domestic cup competitions plus the Europa League and the Premier League," he said.

"We could set a target and say it would be nice to do this or that, but you cannot do that.

"Now we are at the play-offs and hopefully we can get to the group stage and have six group games.

"But you can only play one game at a time. When I was in this competition with Getafe (who reached the quarter-finals in 2008) we had a terrible start to the league season but we suddenly picked up results in Europe against teams like Tottenham and Anderlecht.

"We then went on and played teams like Benfica and Bayern Munich, but that was unexpected. You don’t know what can happen so you go step by step.

"It would just be fantastic for the players and the club to have more European games to help them in the present and the future."

Europa League play-off draw

Kuban Krasnodar v Feyenoord Zulte Waregem v Apoel Nicosia Rapid Vienna v Dila Gori Pandurii Targu-Jiu v Braga Tromso v Besiktas Apollon Limassol v Nice Aktobe v Dynamo Kiev Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti Atromitos v AZ FH Hafnarfjordur v Genk IF Elfsborg v FC Nordsjaelland Slask Wroclaw v Sevilla SV Red Bull Salzburg v VMFD Zalgiris FK Karabakh v Eintracht Frankfurt Minsk v Standard Liege Jablonec v Real Betis Rijeka v VfB Stuttgart Chornomorets v Skenderbeu Maccabi Tel-Aviv v PAOK Salonika St Gallen v Spartak Moscow Molde v Rubin Kazan Vojvodina v FC Sheriff Trabzonspor v FK Kukesi Esbjerg v Saint Etienne Grasshoppers v Fiorentina Maccabi Haifa v FC Astra Giurgiu Udinese v Slovan Liberec Dinamo Tbilisi v Spurs Estoril Praia v FC Pasching Nomme Kalju v Dnipro Partizan Belgrade v FC Thun

Ties to be played 22 and 29 August


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