By Danny Wright
Stuart Pearce has claimed that Tottenham will find it tough to play against some of the Premier League’s lesser sides at home this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side got off to a poor start to life at Wembley on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by reigning champions Chelsea despite having more shots at goal and more possession.
Pearce, 55, is in the belief that the occasion of playing at Wembley will boost other teams on their travels to north London this season, pointing out that teams like newly promoted Huddersfield and relegation contenders Burnley may rise to the challenge of playing at the home of English football.
“Firstly, it is the magnitude of the teams you play at Wembley. Bear in mind, they are playing Champions League teams, or they are playing Cup finals or FA Cup semi-finals, where you are playing against the big sides,” said Pearce, as quoted on Sky Sports’ website.
“So, the chances of winning those games diminish slightly.
“Also, there is no doubt, when the likes of Huddersfield, Burnley, West Brom, turn up to play at Wembley this season, there will be a touch more about the players and the fans as well.
“Spurs will end up having a good home record, because they are a very good side, but it has become a slight leveller.”
Tottenham are playing at Wembley this season while the work on their new stadium has reached the phase where White Hart Lane has been raised to the ground.
Spurs played at the England national stadium last season in European competition, but only managed to win in one of their four matches there as they crashed out of both the Champions League and the Europa League.
It seems that they may have to wait a while longer to get another win at their temporary home following Sunday’s setback, but this weekend’s clash with Sean Dyche’s Burnley would be a good opportunity for them to finally hit the ground running.
In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts has slammed Spurs after their loss against Chelsea.