June 18, 2021

Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb preview: Hosts without Lo Celso

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Team news and stats ahead of Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Tottenham continue their Europa League quest against Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the Europa League last 16, but they will be without Giovani Lo Celso and Joe Rodon.

Lo Celso has suffered a setback in his return to fitness from a hamstring injury with a fresh problem, while Rodon is not registered.

Jose Mourinho said he would make changes, but would still name a strong team.

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“Gio is not ready but it’s nothing to do with his previous important injury, from which he’s totally recovered,” Mourinho said.

“But with his accumulation of work his feelings are not the best at the moment, a little bit of some back pain so he’s had to stop working the way he was doing. So not for this match.

“Am I going to repeat the same team that played against Crystal Palace? No, I’m going to make a few changes.

“But the team is working very well, everybody is training hard, everybody is pushing to play, so for me it doesn’t matter who is playing as our team is going to be strong.”

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  • Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Zagreb have met only once before in European competition; Spurs beat Dinamo 4-0 at home during the group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2008-09, a game in which Darren Bent scored a hat-trick.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have played Croatian opposition on seven previous occasions, with six of those being against Hajduk Split. They have won five times and lost twice, with both of those defeats away to Hajduk (1984 and 1991).
  • Dinamo Zagreb have lost nine of their last 10 matches against English sides in European competition, winning the other game 2-1 against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League group stages in 2015.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have won each of their last six matches in the UEFA Europa League, embarking on their longest ever winning run in major European competition.
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