Tottenham boss convinced Spurs can avoid West Ham situation


Tottenham are looking forward to a tasty Champions League tie against Monaco at Wembley tomorrow and Mauricio Pochettino is confident the transition from White Hart Lane won’t stifle his side.

With West Ham United seeming to take some time to adjust to their new Olympic Stadium at present, Pochettino is eager to avoid any excuses.

As quoted in The Guardian today, Pochettino claimed: “We feel good at White Hart Lane because it’s our home and we need to feel good at Wembley.

“With two pitches [at the training ground] we designed the same dimensions as Wembley.”

“We need to go to Wembley and play, behave naturally and not try to find an excuse, that’s never good,”

Clearly having already taken Wembley’s larger dimensions into account, Tottenham fans will be hoping that the Wembley transition doesn’t have a negative effect like it did for North London rivals Arsenal between 1998 to 1999.

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners played their Champions League games at the national venue during that timeframe in line with the FA trying to increase gates but having never seen eye to eye of course, Tottenham will be eager to find their own path.

Lodged in a group with both Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow as well as Monaco of course, Tottenham’s path to the knockout stage won’t be easy but Spurs fans can feel buoyed from the weekend’s 0-4 triumph away at Stoke City.

A game in which South Korean international Heung-Min Son reaffirmed his importance to Mauricio Pochettino’s side,  he’ll certainly be looking to start against Monaco on Wednesday.

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