Ian Wright makes big statement about Tottenham season, rubbishes these claims
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have received some big praise from an unlikely source after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
It was Tottenham’s first home game of the season at Wembley and fans were keen to see them get off to a fast start after pundits had claimed the stadium might be a hurdle to them winning the league.
Unfortunately, a late second goal for Marcos Alonso meant they didn’t even get a point in their new home – and certain critics were sharpening their claws.
Not Arsenal legend Ian Wright though… Talking in his column in the Sun, Wright said, “So it wasn’t a surprise to hear the comments after Tottenham lost their first Prem game at their Wembley lodgings.
“‘It will wreck their chances of a serious title push’, sniped the cynics.
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“Well, after seeing their display in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea, I’ve got news for them — that’s absolute rubbish.
“If Spurs perform like that for the rest of the season, they will win far more than they lose at their temporary home.”
It’s a big statement – in the last 11 games they’ve played at Wembley Tottenham have only won two, lost eight and drawn one.
However, Tottenham did perform well on Sunday and can consider themselves unlucky to lose.
They controlled the game for large portions and had Chelsea on the backfoot.
Harry Kane struck the post as he continues to try to find a goal in August – he’s now 12 straight games without one.
However, Ian Wright did have one warning for Tottenham – that other clubs might raise their game because they’re playing at the national stadium.
“That’s a massive incentive — the chance to play at probably the most famous stadium in the world.
But he ended on a high note – and one that will probably annoy Arsenal fans.
“Play like that all season and they won’t be leaving empty-handed too often.”
Tottenham won’t have to wait long for another crack at three points on the Wembley turf.
They host Burnley at their new home in the Premier League on Sunday when they will be looking to get their title push back on track in the 4pm kick-off.