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Juande Ramos returns as Spurs learn their fate in Europa League draw

Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos will return to White Hart Lane when Spurs face Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos will return to White Hart Lane when Spurs face Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League

By Josh Jackman
Monday, December 16, 2013
1:23 PM

Tottenham have drawn Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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The Ukrainian side, who are managed by ex-Spurs boss Juande Ramos, came second in their group behind Fiorentina with the help of ex-Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic and former West Ham goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka.

Ramos’ return to White Hart Lane will be his first since he was sacked in October 2008. The Spaniard left with the second-lowest win percentage out of the last 13 Tottenham managers, at just 29 per cent.

After winning all of their six group games, scoring 15 goals in the process, Spurs face a tougher challenge in the shape of Dnipro - Ramos has led the team to fourth place in their domestic league, six points off leaders Shakhtar Donetsk with a game in hand.

Tottenham will make a 3,000-mile round trip to eastern Ukraine for the first leg on February 20, with the region experiencing a bone-chilling average temperature of 0°C at that time of year.

If Spurs progress to the last 16, they will play either Benfica or PAOK.

Benfica drop into the competition from the Champions League after an impressive group stage ended in a narrow exit due to their inferior head-to-head record with Olympiacos. The Portuguese side racked up 10 points, beating group winners Paris Saint-Germain along the way.

Greek runners-up PAOK got through to this stage by coming second to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.

Their manager Huub Stevens has pedigree in this tournament, having won its previous incarnation, the Uefa Cup, in 1997 with Schalke.

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