Glenn Hoddle gives fascinating Tottenham verdict ahead of Sunderland clash
By Alex Taylor
Glenn Hoddle has criticised the atmosphere at Wembley – and urged Tottenham to manage the crowd at the national stadium.
The north London outfit will play all of their European home fixtures at England’s national ground as work is being carried out on their new stadium, reducing the current capacity of White Hart Lane.
Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar helped Monaco secure a 2-1 win in the Champions League clash on Wednesday and put the game out of reach for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“Tottenham have to put some serious thought into managing the crowd at Wembley,” Hoddle wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “It was incredible to see 85,011 fans at their Champions League game last week and there was an initial flurry of chants and singing.
“But the Monaco goals deflated the crowd very quickly and no one seemed to be able to get the atmosphere going again, and that affected the team.
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“At White Hart Lane everyone would sit with familiar faces and you can rely on fans on The Shelf or the South Stand to get the chanting going. But at Wembley it was disjointed. A song would start up and get lost before it was picked up.”
The fixture broke the record for having the highest home attendance of any Champions League match in British history.
The 85,000 fans at the game represented well over twice the usual intake of White Hart Lane, 36,000.
Fans of the Londoners had been hoping for a better start to their Champions League campaign, having not qualified for the tournament since 2011.
Spurs now travel to CSKA Moscow — who drew 2-2 at Bayer Leverkusen in the group’s other match —for their next European fixture, on September 27.