Spurs play Basel, Chelsea to face Rubin
Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a quarter-final trip to Basel in the UEFA Europa League as reward for their extra-time victory over Inter Milan. Chelsea face a long trip to take on Russian side Rubin Kazan while Newcastle will play Benfica from Portugal. In the other quarter-final, Fenerbahce from Turkey will play Italian side Lazio.
Rubin Kazan will be tough opponents for Rafa Benitez's Chelsea team. The Russian side have already knocked out two Spanish teams - holders Atletico Madrid in the last 32 and Levante last night, winning 2-0 after extra-time in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Rubin were also unbeaten in a tough group that included Inter Milan, and are particularly strong defensively, having conceded only three goals in ten European matches.
Spurs' opponents Basel scraped into the quarter-finals after Russian side Zenit St Petersburg missed a late penalty. Newcastle's opponents Benfica came into the Europa League knock-out stages after finishing third in a Champions League group including Celtic and Barcelona, during which they achieved a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp.
Former Newcastle and Holland striker Patrick Kluivert, who carried out the draw for UEFA, said he believed an English side has a great chance of winning the competition. Kluivert said: "There are three great teams from England - Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle - and for sure one of those can lift the trophy but there will be other teams eager to do so too so that can only be good for the competition."
UEFA Europa League draw:
Chelsea - Rubin Kazan
Tottenham Hotspur - Basel
Fenerbahce - Lazio
Benfica - Newcastle United
First-legs will be played on 4 April, second-legs will be played on 11 April.