Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb have been drawn with Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the Europa League after the draw for the round took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur is currently being managed by ex-Inter Milan, Real Madrid, FC Porto and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The North Londoners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season and Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb face an uphill battle to secure a place in the quarterfinals ahead of the Premier League team. Dinamo Zagreb were able to book their place in the round of 16 after beating Russian team FC Krasnodar home and away. The Croatia football club had beaten FC Krasnodar 3-2 away from home in the first leg before Croatia winger MislavOrsic scored the only goal of the game in the second leg to give Dinamo Zagreb a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their round of 32 tie and a 4-2 aggregate win. MislavOrsic scored his goal on 31 minutes and it was more than enough to take his team through to the next round of the Europa League. On their part, Tottenham Hotspur were more emphatic in dealing with Wolfsberger AC of Austria. Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale were all on target to give Spurs a comprehensive 4-0 win over their Austrian opponents at home on Thursday. Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius is on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica and he was responsible for two goals for his North London team. The win over Wolfsberger AC in the second leg made it 8-1 on aggregate for Tottenham Hotspur after they had won the first leg 4-1 away from home last week Thursday.Dinamo Zagreb will have their hands full in the round 16 over the two legs with Spurs.
In the pick of the round of 16 fixtures drawn on Friday, two former Champions League winners will meet at this stage of the Europa League. AC Milan and Manchester United have been drawn together in this year’s Europa League at the last 16 stage and one of the two big teams must fall by the way side ahead of the quarterfinals. AC Milan were largely not convincing in their last 32 tie with Red Star Belgrade of Serbia and they would need to improve their game ahead of the two last 16 meetings with Manchester United in the Europa League next month. Arsenal managed to move past Portuguese giants Benfica in the round of 32 and will now face Olympiacos of Greece in the round of 16 to determine who will go through to the quarterfinals at the end of their two meetings next month. Olympiacos were responsible for Arsenal’s exit from the same competition last season at the round of 32. This is a perfect time to make things right for the Arsenal players.