LIVE – Spurs vs Maccabi Haifa: Mourinho's side in EL play-off action

LIVE: Tottenham vs Maccabi Haifa – Jose Mourinho’s side play their second match in 48 HOURS as they aim to book place in Europa League group stage

  • Tottenham take on Maccabi Haifa in a one-off Europa League play-off tie
  • Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to take their place in Friday’s group-stage draw
  • Spurs play just two days after beating Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on penalties
  • UK viewers can watch the European encounter live on Premier Sports 1

Tottenham are bidding to reach the Europa League group stage as they face Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in a one-off play-off tie on Thursday night. 

Jose Mourinho’s side beat Lokomotiv Plovidiv and KF Shkendija in their previous qualification games, but are coming off the back of a game on Tuesday night when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup fourth round. 

The visitors, meanwhile, have come through three qualifying games so far and beat FC Rostov in the most recent round last week. 

Sportsmail’s KISHAN VAGHELA will provide all the build-up, team news and live coverage of the action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – kick-off is at 8:00pm (BST).   

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‘I only have respect towards him, he is working very hard,’ says Mourinho on Alli, who Mourinho appears to suggest he has shown a different work ethic at Spurs

Jose locked in a long pre-match conversation and a friendly embrace with Maccabi Haifa substitute Jose Martinez. They worked together at Real Madrid.

The Israeli side are currently top of their league and came from behind Russian side Rostov last time out in qualifying.

A potential banana skin for Spurs?

While Spurs have been required to progress through two ties to reach the playoff round, their next opponents have recorded three victories in succession.

But if they succeed in making the group stages, is Mourinho starting to win doubtful fans over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? 

Tottenham have not reaped the benefits of their busy schedule in the Premier League, but they were able to negotiate their way through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening with a penalty-shootout triumph over Chelsea.

Despite Mourinho’s insistence that he could not compete in the competition, few got the night off and after Lamela’s equaliser Mason Mount’s miss saw Spurs through.

Now can they complete the job of qualifying for the Europa League group stages tonight?

Of course, Kane has been in the news for other reasons today following Gareth Southgate hit back at Jose Mourinho.

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So only a spot on the bench for Dele Alli tonight despite hints Mourinho could start him.

Meanwhile, there is another start for Joe Hart while Harry Kane leads the line.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Tottenham’s seventh game in 19 days, this time against Maccabi Haifa from Israel.

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