21 Aug, 12:30
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham are not suffering from a so-called Wembley curse and has backed his side to improve at the home of English football.
Spurs will play all of their home games at Wembley this season while the club builds its new 61,000 capacity stadium at White Hart Lane. However, the north London club have struggled at the national stadium in recent years, most notably in the Champions League last season, and their poor form continued with a 2-1 defeat to rivals Chelsea on Sunday. Tottenham have now lost four of the last six games they've played at their adopted home but Pochettino refused to blame the stadium for the loss to Chelsea.
-It doesn't affect me but I understand that we need to talk, and everyone needs to talk. The Wembley effect is not the reason we lost the game. I thought the team played really well and it's not fair to blame the game on Wembley, because Wembley is for me one of the best places in the world, if not the one place to play football, Pochettino said.
The pitch at Wembley is eight per cent larger than that at White Hart Lane but Pochettino insists that was not a factor in his team's defeat to Chelsea.