Lebanese judge: 16 port staffers arrested over Beirut blast    UK to remove Belgium, Andorra and Bahamas from safe travel list    Nigeria to reopen for international air travel in weeks    IMF says exploring ways to aid Lebanon, calls for movement on reforms    Four countries offer to act as neutral venues for UEFA matches    Guardiola says defender Garcia turns down new Man City deal    Call for submissions for Egypt's 'Golden Talent' competition for people with special needs    South Africa calls for 'amicable solution' for GERD    Trump says coronavirus vaccine possible before Nov. 3    Egypt's Suez Canal revenues up 4.7% in last 5 years: Chairman    BREAKING: Egypt, Greece sign maritime demarcation deal    Egypt's net foreign reserves rise to $38.3 bln in July – CBE    Egypt's NUCA launched new land plot for urban activity in Sheikh Zayed    Foreigners staying in Cairo without residency permits to not allowed in resort towns    Egypt's GASC gets offers in wheat bids for Sept. shipment – traders    Egypt's field hospital in Beirut receives wounded cases of Lebanon's blast    Egypt records 123 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths on Wednesday    Man Utd should target Kane over Sancho, says Scholes    Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world's 1st atomic attack    Egypt rejects Ethiopia's latest proposal on GERD: Irrigation ministry    Egypt sending 2 planes loaded with medical aid to Lebanon after wrecking explosion    Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000    Beirut reels from huge explosion leaving at least 100 died, nearly 4,000 injured    After blast, Lebanon has enough grain for less than a month, minister says    Senate slam dunk    Don't miss the concerts of Boghdady Jazz Big band    My visual diary    African Champions League final will be played on Oct. 16-17, CAF says    Egypt invites Tesla's founder to visit Giza Pyramids after controversial tweets    Sisi: Egypt favours negotiations over a military solution to resolve Nile dam crisis: Al-Sisi    No room to delay Egyptian Premier League games – EFA's board member    Egypt's President Sisi ratifies extending state of emergency for 3 months    Egypt Cup games to resume after Premier League finishes: EFA    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    Reports over Ethiopia filling mega-dam    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Google ‘translate' ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    Farwell to 74-year old Egyptian military production minister El-Assar    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





West Brom expose Spurs' venue woes
Published in Ahram Online on 26 - 11 - 2017

Mauricio Pochettino expressed his love for Wembley at the start of the season and said using it as a temporary home while Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is being built would be "magic" for his team.
Three and a half months into the campaign and it is difficult to imagine the Spurs manager is harbouring the same level of affection.
In fact, following Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at their adopted home, he seemed far more downbeat.
“It's different to White Hart Lane, but that is our reality. We cannot escape from our reality. Our reality is playing here and waiting for our new stadium," he said.
“That's not an excuse, the team is doing well. We're only disappointed because the team dropped two points."
Although the national stadium has so far been a fortress in the Champions League - Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid were both impressively beaten 3-1 - the story has been very different in domestic competition.
Spurs thumped Liverpool 4-1 but, otherwise, Chelsea and West Ham United both claimed victories at Wembley and Burnley, Swansea City and now West Brom all left with a draw.
Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, meanwhile, were in the Premier League relegation zone when they visited and both suffered only narrow 1-0 defeats.
Scoring goals has been at the core of the problem, with the win over Liverpool remaining the only Premier League home game this season in which Tottenham have netted more than once.
Smaller teams have tended to defend deep and in numbers at Wembley and despite boasting creative talents such as Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and a prolific striker in Harry Kane, Tottenham have struggled to break them down.
In the build-up to Saturday's draw against West Brom, Pochettino said his side miss the skill and trickery of long-term injury absentee Erik Lamela when they face sides playing for a draw. Without Lamela, he said, “you can be stopped with the wall and you crash”.
It is surely no coincidence, therefore, that Tottenham have enjoyed most success at home against Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool, all of whom played far more adventurous football and left gaps for the likes of Alli, Eriksen and Kane to exploit.
The upshot of their Wembley struggles is that Tottenham are now 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, having played a game more, and are seemingly out of title contention.
“Yes, it's true now that the gap is 10 points and it's massive in the Premier League," Pochettino said.
“But now we need to be focused and try to improve ourselves and be more consistent at Wembley, and try to win more games here like last season at White Hart Lane.”
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)


Clic here to read the story from its source.