Wembley ill omen?
Northwest London venue ‘jinxed’ for Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur will consider abandoning Wembley Stadium should they drop to the Europa League, with players eager to return to White Hart Lane.
Spurs cannot reach the knockout phase of the Champions League after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat in Monaco but one game remains in Group “E”.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday week, at Wembley, the hired home where they have lost both games, to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.
Avoid defeat against CSKA and Tottenham will finish third in the group and go into the Europa League at the last-32 stage, which starts in February. They can continue the European ties at Wembley but there is nothing in the contract with the Football Association forcing them to stay once the Champions League games are over.
Tottenham’s players are in no doubt where they would rather be.
“It would be good for us to play at home,” said Moussa Sissoko. “By home I mean White Hart Lane. We know the stadium and it would be better for us.”
Having returned to the Champions League for the first time in six years, Spurs adopted Wembley for the com- petition because capacity, access and delivery space for the broadcasting rights holders was limited at White Hart Lane by the ongoing construction of the new stadium.
They sold more than 85,000 tickets for the two Wembley fixtures but Pochettino’s team did not settle and failed to manage even a draw.
When Arsenal borrowed Wembley for two Champions League campaigns in the late Nineties they too were unable to make it out of the group on either occasion.
Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Kane in action as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on during training .