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Spurs could be back at The Lane before Champions League quarter-finals

Date Added: March 11, 2019 09:26:08 PM
Author: David
Category: Teams: UEFA: England: Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur failed to move back into their newly revamped White Hart Lane Stadium at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season and extended their stay at the home of football, Wembley, North London.

The Premier League side has been playing at White Hart Lane since 1899, hosting 2533 competitive matches for the North London side. Its record attendance hit just over 75000 when they hosted Sunderland in a FA Cup match in 1938.

They certainly aren’t the first side to have to play tenant for an extended period and they definitely won’t be the last. Looking into the new stadium, it might just be worth the wait. But in the meantime, things haven't been looking so bad.

Performance of late

Tottenham's adopted home at Wembley has served them well, finishing third in the 2017/2018 campaign, ahead of both Liverpool and Chelsea.

Granted, judging by the odds in Premier League betting at the time of writing, Spurs are still one of the outside bets to win the title this season: having dropped points in the Premier League against Burnley, Chelsea and Arsenal, they have pretty much left the title race to be decided between defending champions Man City and Klopp's Liverpool side.

But they have still enjoyed their best campaign in years, on course to finish third again in the 2018/2019 season. And they are in with a chance of European glory: beating Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate, Spurs have found themselves in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

That also means Spurs look set to secure a Champions League place next season, although Pochettino will be hoping to lift the famous trophy sooner, to secure his first ever in management.

Overall, then, performance seems to have been largely unaffected - if not boosted, if we consider their success in Europe so far - during their tenancy at Wembley.

Is it all just for the fans?

With Pochettino believing his side will be back at their stadium before their next European game and potentially see out their remaining Premier League fixtures at White Hart Lane, it would be wise to examine the changes underway.

Over £1 billion has been spent redeveloping White Hart Lane, which will become the third biggest stadium in the country, only behind Old Trafford and their current temporary home, Wembley.

Tottenham released videos of their new ground to fans through their website, which revealed brand new hospitality and media areas - where clearly no expense has been spared. Premium packages will be available which include heated seats, a USB charging port and access to the VIP lounges. These experiences will include a private suite and Michelin star dining.

But, aside from new technology to support the growth of the turf without damaging it, the changes seem to be largely for the fans' benefit. In any case, it shouldn't be long before we see whether the long road to a new stadium will have been worth it in the end.

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