News broke at the end of the Premier League’s opening weekend that Tottenham’s move to their new stadium had been delayed even further, due to issues with critical safety systems – a bitter pill for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Spurs fans to take after their quietest summer transfer window to date.
Spurs did, however, get off to a winning start in their opening day fixture against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, winning 2-1. However, they will have to play their home fixtures at the Wembley Stadium for the foreseeable future.
The timing of the matter is far from ideal, and the optimistic approach Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy adopted last season, towards the new stadium being built in time for the 2018/19 campaign, is beginning to look laughable.
Winner – Tottenham’s Premier League opposition
Tottenham won’t be playing any football at the New White Hart Lane Stadium until October at the earliest, and Premier League fixtures against top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City will be played either at the Wembley Stadium or elsewhere.
This will come as great news to Spurs’ Premier League opponents during this time frame, who will have the chance to capitalise on the North London club’s misfortune.
Despite Spurs being more familiar with the Wembley Stadium this season than last, it was meant to be a one-off, and this whole ordeal seems to only benefit teams playing against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Loser – Mauricio Pochettino and his players
Tottenham’s first Premier League win at the Wembley Stadium last season didn’t come until October 14th, and it was this initial uncertainty that hurt Spurs so severely at the start of their previous campaign.
The stadium has brought Mauricio Pochettino, and his players mixed results, including a Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus, and it’s hardly a place to call home.
Begining the season with extra away games is far from ideal, and Pochettino and his side could be in for a very sluggish start which will only add to the pressure mounting on their shoulders.