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Wembley Still Too Much For Spurs

At this juncture, there’s no denying the fact that the Wembley, still, isn’t a hunting ground for Tottenham Hotspur. Five Premier League games in and just one goal scored by man in a Spurs shirt at the new Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino’s men continue to suffer the effect of making an unfamiliar ground their home.

In Tottenham’s most recent game at Wembley, it was a story of dominant ball possession and fluffed chances as Swansea took a couple of points off the Lillywhites. Spurs fired in 26 shots, seven times more than Swansea; Harry Kane had an effort that cannoned off the woodwork. Still, Spurs continued their streak of failing to take more than a point in each of their three home games.

More so, Spurs have picked up a paltry two points from a possible nine since making the famous arch their temporary abode. They did taste sweet victory at Wembley in that 3-1 Champions League victory against Dortmund; however, back in the English elite division, things refused to go their way. The search for their first three points at home continues.

Spurs gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino had expressed hopes that Spurs would build on their victory against Dortmund to banish their Wembley ghost, but the luck and resilience of a Paul Clement led Swansea shows they’re still a long way from getting out of the woods.

It’s crystal that Spurs have started or continued life at Wembley in dismal fashion. The North Londoners are a superb attacking side, but at Wembley, everything seem to go against them. Shots don’t go in – they’ll rather hit the bar or produce stellar saves from the goalkeeper. We saw Lukasz Fabianski pick up the Man of the Match award on Saturday. It’s led to the talk that Tottenham Hotspur is haunted by a Wembley effect – perhaps a Wembley ghost of some sort.

But for the win against Dortmund, last season’s Premier League runner-up have only managed one win in eleven Wembley games. Their first three League home games without a win since 2013, tells the story of how they’ve fared at their new home.

The stats don’t lie, Tottenham is indeed struggling to get results at Wembley it’s a trend that’s followed them since 2009, and now in the early stages of 2017-18 season the stats haven’t been altered much. Being one of the easy picks for title contenders, Spurs must find a way around this purported Wembley ghost before it leaves their season in tatters.

It’s not a question of whether they’ve got the quality, the Lillywhites must pray for some luck going forward. Being unable to score against a Swansea team that couldn’t muster a shot on target the entire game showed the Spurs team was bereft of luck, irrespective of their quality.

To obliterate their Wembley woes, Spurs must start scoring first half goals; they’re yet to hit the target in each of their first three PL home games this season and that must change.

Spurs fixture schedule sees them square up against Barnsley in a Carabao cup tie at Wembley before they travel to the London stadium to face West Ham. Poch’s men could pick up easy victories in those couple of fixtures. They then face APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League before another nervy Premier League encounter at Wembley against Bournemouth. Tottenham need to respond, they need to start taking maximum points at home.

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