Tottenham faces tough Europa League group
MONACO (AP) — Tottenham and Lazio have been drawn into one of the toughest groups of the Europa League.
The two teams will meet Panathinaikos and Maribor in Group J of the tournament.
"Both Tottenham and Lazio are big European clubs," Panathinaikos midfielder Pape Sow said. "The London side especially is not the best draw we could hope for. As for Maribor, I don't know them that well, but to have reached the group stage of the competition means that they are good."
Liverpool was also handed a tough draw. The three-time champions face Udinese, Young Boys and Anzhi Makhachkala, which is coached by Guus Hiddink and captained by former Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o.
Inter is also bidding for a fourth title and it has been handed some tricky trips after being grouped with Rubin Kazan, Partizan Belgrade and Azerbaijani team Neftchi Baku.
Defending champion Atletico Madrid is in a group with Hapoel Tel Aviv, Viktoria Plzen and Academica, while last year's runner-up Athletic Bilbao faces Lyon, Sparta Prague and Ironi Kiryat Shmona.
Marseille will meet Fenerbahce, Borussia Moenchengladbach and AEL Limassol, while Bordeaux has been grouped with FC Brugge, Newcastle and Maritimo.