Tottenham will hope that the atmosphere inside their brand new stadium will be the catalyst for victory in tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City.
There is genuine excitement around the club despite a poor recent run of form because of the revamped arena and the visit of Pep Guardiola’s rampant side should make for an exciting occasion.
But Sam Allardyce doesn’t think Spurs should have relocated before such an important tie, according to the Sunday People, page 52, 07/04.
Allardyce said: “You can’t go to a new stadium at this stage of the season – it’s a ridiculous decision. I would have stayed at Wembley. Spurs are comfortable there.
“I hope I’m wrong, but it’s a massive mistake. The added stress of the world watching how you cope in a new stadium might have a negative effect on Pochettino’s players.”
Allardyce’s claims don’t really add up. Spurs weren’t comfortable at Wembley, in truth, and the supporters were growing restless of the travel there.
It wasn’t home and the excitement around the club generated by the new stadium may be enough to carry them through to an against-the-odds victory tomorrow.
Spurs have the quality to trouble City and a win against them would give the new stadium lift-off and perhaps kickstart the new era.