Tottenham’s Time at Wembley: The Good, The Bad and the Heartbreak

By Alex Best

Tottenham Hotspur’s spell at Wembley began in the 2016/17 season where they agreed with UEFA to be able to play their Champions League home matches at the national stadium, with the capacity of White Hart Lane was being reduced.

The Champions League campaign was seen as disastrous as Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished third in their group eliminating them into the Europa League knockout stages. In Europe’s secondary competition Spurs were unable to get past the last 32 stage, losing to Gent 3-2 on aggregate.

Tottenham began their first full season in all competitions at the national stadium where many believed they had their own Wembley curse. It begun with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, however their highs included a 3-1 victory against European Champions, Real Madrid, a 4-1 victory over Liverpool, a 2-0 win against Manchester United and a 1-0 derby day win against Arsenal. Along with the peaks they had their troughs, succumbing to heartbreak in the FA Cup semi-final and Champions League against Manchester United and Juventus respectively.

Many had believed this was the season where Spurs would be able to move into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium soon enough they realised they’d have to continue waiting. The 2018/19 season has not been as successful as the previous one, where they have lost at home to Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves as well as a drawing at home to Arsenal. However, they have had their share of standout results, including a 3-1 win over Chelsea and a 3-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund. Soon after the victory over Dortmund, it was announced the new stadium would be ready in time for the Champions League quarter final, leaving fans thrilled.

Tottenham Hotspur’s time at Wembley has been very mixed, but on 8th March it was revealed Spurs fans would only have to wait until April for the first match at their new stadium, the opposition depending on whether Brighton win or lose their FA Cup quarter-final match. If they lose, Tottenham will face Brighton first on 6th or the 7th April, if they win they’ll be hosting Crystal Palace on the 3rd. Either way, Tottenham are heading home.

Edited by Regan Richards and Harry Trend

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