Stadium switch no excuse – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions Tottenham could struggle with the move to Wembley when they host Monaco on Wednesday.

Tottenham: Stadium switch no excuse - PochettinoTottenham: Stadium switch no excuse - Pochettino

Spurs are to play their European fixtures at the 90,000-capacity national stadium while their new ground is being developed, with Monaco set to provide their first opposition.

In addition to the change of environment that similarly undermined rivals Arsenal from 1998 to 1999, Spurs will be playing on a bigger pitch.

Pochettino’s high-intensity pressing brand of football will likely prove more demanding given Wembley’s greater dimensions, but the manager has drilled his players on a new pitch of the same size at their Enfield training ground.

“We trust in us,” Pochettino said. “We believe in the way we play and it’s a good chance to play on a big pitch. We need to adapt our game.

“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 change between the pitches to keep the grass at a good level. We use different pitches on different days during the week.

“You have more space to play, it’s more difficult for the opponent to press you when (there are) more metres to run, but the same for both.”

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