Spurs Wem­b­ley jinx wor­ries Po­chet­tino

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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino be­lieves that mak­ing Wem­b­ley feel like home this sea­son is go­ing to be as big a chal­lenge for his team as winning the Premier League ti­tle.

Spurs, who fin­ished run­ners-up to Lon­don ri­vals Chelsea, were un­beat­able at their now-de­mol­ished White Hart Lane sta­dium last sea­son, drop­ping just four points at home.

But they have strug­gled at Wem­b­ley in re­cent years, with the larger pitch not suit­ing Po­chet­tino’s pre­ferred high-press­ing style while the dis­tance of the 90 000 fans can re­sult in a less in­tense at­mos­phere than at their old stomp­ing ground.

“It’s a big chal­lenge for us,” the Ar­gen­tine told TalkS­port on Wed­nes­day. “Maybe sim­i­lar as to winning a ti­tle.

“Be­cause to make Wem­b­ley home and to change the per­cep­tion from the fans and feel in the end that Wem­b­ley can help us to be bet­ter and achieve our dream is a big, big job.”

Tot­ten­ham have a woe­ful record at Wem­b­ley - where they will play their home games this term while their new sta­dium is built on the site of their old one 12 miles away. They have won twice in 10 at­tempts since the na­tional sta­dium re­opened in 2007.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur striker, Dele Alli

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