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It's long haul for Spurs

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London - Tottenham face three gruelling journeys to their Europa League group opponents after they were drawn against a trio of clubs from south-east Europe on Friday.

The draw also threw up a potential security threat in Istanbul and London, since Spurs face home and away games against Besiktas in the same weeks that their north London rivals Arsenal will take on Galatasaray in the Champions League.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Andros Townsend of Spurs celebrates scoring theiur third goal from the penalty spot with Aaron Lennon, Paulinho and Harry Kane of Spurs during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs Round Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and AEL Limassol FC on August 28, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Galatasaray come to the Emirates on October 1, the night before Besiktas play at White Hart Lane, while Spurs and Arsenal fans will be in Istanbul for their respective games at Besiktas (Dec 11) and Galatasaray (Dec 9).

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