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It's long haul for Spurs

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.

Tottenham Hotspur host Newcastle United, who beat holders Man City, in the pick of the League Cup quarter-finals. Photo: Jamie McDonald. Credit: 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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