By Emma Sanders
Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Tottenham will continue to play their European home games at Wembley this season.
The Spurs manager also admitted the likelihood that the club will play their home fixtures in all competitions at the national stadium next season while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.
Spurs were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening when they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Monaco but could still qualify for the Europa League if they seal the third place spot in Group E.
Pochettino’s side have played two games at Wembley this season but have lost both fixtures and appeared to have been affected at being away from White Hart Lane.
Fans have been unhappy with the surroundings and hoped Tottenham would play their Europa League fixtures at White Hart Lane but Pochettino confirmed they would remain at England’s international ground in a press conference.
“We will play in Wembley. It is the decision of the club – the chairman and the board and us, and me in this case – we are sure we will play in Wembley if we are in the Europa League,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Mirror.
“Next season if we need to play 19 [league] games and cup games and European competitions there, I think we need to make Wembley our home.”
Tottenham could play all their home games at Wembley throughout the 2017-18 season in readiness for their return to White Hart Lane at the start of 2018-19.
Spurs’ exit from the Champions League was unexpected given they still remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season but it signaled a period of worrying form.
Pochettino’s side have won just one game in their last nine fixtures and it was a close last-minute victory against bottom-of-the-table side West Ham on Saturday.
They will need to find some form going into Saturday’s block-buster fixture against Chelsea who currently sit at the top of the Premier League table.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has made this prediction of the game between Chelsea and Tottenham.