Tottenham to stay at Wembley for Europa League, confirms Poch

Date published: Thursday 24th November 2016 2:40

Mauricio Pochettino: Tough viewing at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino: Tough viewing at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Tottenham will continue playing at Wembley even if they drop into the Europa League.

Defeat against Monaco on Tuesday ended the club’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 but they can seal a spot in the Europa League by finishing third in Group E.

Spurs have lost both of their two home games at the national stadium so far but will not take up the option of switching back to White Hart Lane.

The club are due to move into Wembley for the whole of next season while their new stadium is completed and Pochettino wants his team to adjust.

“I don’t know where that rumour started. We will play in Wembley,” Pochettino said.

“It is the decision of the club – the chairman and the board and us, and me in this case – we are sure we will play in Wembley if we are in the Europa League.

“And then we need to make Wembley our home. It is a good opportunity to play the next game (against CSKA Moscow) in Wembley and then to play there if we have the possibility in the Europa League.

“Because next season if we need to play 19 games and cup games and European competitions there, I think we need to make Wembley our home.”

Tottenham chose to play Champions League home games at Wembley as the building of their new stadium has reduced White Hart Lane’s capacity, access and delivery space for broadcasters.

The move has proven a nightmare, however, with Spurs suffering surprise defeats there against both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen, and failing to make the knock-out stages.

They will face CSKA Moscow at the national stadium in their last Champions League group fixture next month, when a point will secure Europa League qualification.

“We cannot complain next season,” Pochettino said.

“We need to start thinking of Wembley as our home and avoid all of the negative things about Wembley. I don’t think it (negative comments) will help us today or in the future.”

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