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Negotiating Wembley is Tottenham's biggest challenge in 2017-18
Being a Tottenham Hotspur fan has been an enthralling experience over the last two years, with the North London side's fortunes revolutionised by manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine trainer has taken the White Hart Lane outfit from top-four hopefuls to real Premier League title contenders, playing some scintillating football along the way.
While Leicester City and Chelsea may well have beaten Spurs to the punch for English football's top prize over the last two campaigns, the club are hoping to make it third time lucky in 2017-18. Tottenham have a young, hungry group of players that have bought into Pochettino's ideals, with the Lilywhites sure to be one of the favourites for the title next season; wondering where to bet on football? Learn more here.
However, the main challenge that faces this growing team next season will be the temporary relocation to Wembley as the club's new home is built. Much of Tottenham's success last season was based around an intimidating home record at White Hart Lane, with Pochettino's side unbeaten in 19 Premier League games, winning 17 of them. Meanwhile, European nights at Wembley were less successful, with both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen beating Spurs at the national stadium and Belgian minnows Gent getting a draw.
As such, Pochettino will have to instil a sense of belief in his talented Tottenham side if the supposed hoodoo of playing at Wembley is to be overcome. The main issue is Spurs' style of play, with the manager urging his side to press the ball when not in possession and pressure opponents in the final third. These were ideal tactics at White Hart Lane, where the pitch was narrow and had a tight-knit feel. However, Tottenham have struggled in the bigger, wider pitch at Wembley, with these struggles replicated at the expansive London Stadium against West Ham United in May.
While the promise of a new stadium is an exciting proposition, in the short-term a change of home could probably not have come at a worse side for a Spurs team that had turned White Hart Lane into the Premier League's most-daunting fortress. But, Pochettino will now face a new challenge in rallying his troops in a bid to perform at Wembley, with no shortage of talent or desire in the Tottenham ranks.
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