The home record of Spurs this season was the best in the league. They sent White Harte Lane off in style. Over 19 league games, they won 17 times and drew twice. If their away record had been better, they would have claimed the title. There are now serious concerns for next season. Spurs at Wembley hasn’t gone well so far and they’re about to make it their home. Will this lead to a collapse in form for the Londoners?
Spurs record this season at home was in stark contrast to their performances and results at Wembley. They played their Champions league matches at the national stadium and results were disastrous. In fairness, their entire European campaign was atrocious but it raised serious concerns about their league aspirations for next year.
Spurs at Wembley: A different style
The tight pitch at White Harte Lane allows Spurs to put their opponents under serious pressure. Quick counter attacks are their forte combined with direct football that always aims to deliver to Kane. This tactic isn’t so easy at Wembley. The pitch is larger and this does not play to Spurs’ strength. White Hart Lane measured 100 x 67 metres (the second smallest in the Premier League after Stoke). Wembley currently measures 105 x 69 metres.
A lack of pace
While Spurs love hitting teams on the break, they don’t have outstanding pace in the team. The usual front trio of Son, Kane and Alli are relatively quick but aren’t going to break any records over 50 metres. This means that the longer and wider pitch at Wembley will make it more difficult for them to hurt opponents. Their centre midfielders, and Eriksen playing in the hole, also lack speed.
Spurs at Wembley: A gap to the crowd
17 wins out of 19 games. 53 points taken from an 57 available. These sort of statistics are usually down to a combination of factors. The home support that Spurs relied on at White Harte Lane will be evident again at Wembley. The only problem is that they will be further from the pitch. It’s difficult to get a stadium like Wembley ‘rocking’. The cauldron of the Lane will be replaced by a pitch where the fans are very much separated from the action.
A mental issue
Spurs took on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final this season. Hopes were high that they could beat the Blues and progress to the final. The curse of Wembley struck again as they were defeated 4-2. For anyone who saw the game, it was clear that Spurs were matching Chelsea all over the park but a number of mistakes allowed Conte’s side to come out on top. This could point to a mental issue that they will need to quickly overcome.
Spurs at Wembley: Your thoughts
Third last season. Second this season. The momentum suggests that Spurs could win the title next season. However, they’ve already been written off by bookmakers. A factor in their predicted decline is the move to Wembley. What are your thoughts on the move? Let us know by voting below:
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