By Danny Wright
Rio Ferdinand believes that Tottenham have to get used to playing at Wembley or else they could face massive repercussions next season when they play all their home games there.
The ex-England international wrote in his column in the Evening Standard that Spurs will have to sort out the massive problem that is their Wembley form against Gent on Thursday.
They will have to win in order to stay in the Europa League, but also get into the groove of winning matches at what will be their new temporary home.
Tottenham lost two of their Champions League group matches at Wembley to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen, which ultimately saw them drop into the Europa League after finishing third in their group.
After Thursday’s 1-0 loss in the first leg to Belgian club Gent, Spurs now have a mammoth task of turning things around on a ground that hasn’t been kind to them so far this season.
“Tottenham must get over their psychological problem of playing at Wembley or it will cost them this season and the next,” said Ferdinand in the Evening Standard. Ferdinand has played at both the old and new national stadium.
“As a player, it’s vital you make a ground your home. You have to find your comforts and get accustomed to the surroundings.”
However, Ferdinand also pointed out that if Pochettino’s men can adapt, it could give them a huge advantage in the FA Cup, which will also be played at Wembley from the semi-finals onwards.
‘Tottenham could be back at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final and Final this season, so if they can improve here it will give them a big advantage for those huge fixtures because it will feel like their home ground.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been playing European football at Wembley as work on the new stadium starts.
They play their final league game at White Hart Lane in May when they welcome Manchester United in what could be a crucial decider for a top-four place.
Tottenham endured a tough week when they lost to both Liverpool and Gent in the space of a few days. However they were boosted on Sunday after thrashing Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick.
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