Mauricio Pochettino has his Spurs ready for Champions League challenge at Wembley

14 Sep

But they have been warned by rivals Arsenal that more fans does not equate to more wins, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger labelling his club’s experience of the national stadium “a nightmare”.

Spurs, whose average home attendance last year was 35, 776, have also been meticulous in the planning for European competition at their temporary home, with manager Mauricio Pochettino having recreated the same sized pitch for training.

Spurs are being forced to use the national stadium for their Champions League games while White Hart Lane is being rebuilt. Arsenal played their Champions League games at Wembley in 1998-99, 1999-2000 to maximise revenue, with Highbury’s already limited capacity having to be reduced to accommodate advertising hoardings – but they won only two out of six games there and failed to qualify for the next stage each time.

But Pochettino is leaving nothing to chance. The Wembley pitch, at 105mx69m, is significantly bigger than the pitch at White Hart Lane, at 100mx67m and he had Tottenham training on two Wembley-sized pitches at their Enfield training ground.


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