Mauricio Pochettino says this season’s achievements have to take into account the fact we have had to play at Wembley this season.
Speaking earlier this week, he gave credit to everyone for how the move to the national stadium has been handled:
“We are so happy with what we are doing this season. Playing away from home plenty of matches, because we started the season at Wembley, it was so difficult to create or give comfort there. For our fans for the team and everyone, it was difficult. But our ambition is to try and win.”
There was much made of the Wembley hoodoo earlier this season, and for sure, our form under the arch in the first couple of months (in the league at least) was not the greatest. However, as the season has worn on, the effect of playing away from White Hart Lane has diminished markedly.
Our only defeat in the league came against Chelsea on the first weekend of the season, whilst in other competitions the only blemishes have come when we gave away a lead in games against West Ham and Juve.
That is testament to both the resilience of the squad, but also to Poch himself, whose ability to set up teams away or at home make him the ideal manager to have in place while the club make what is a seismic transition in its history.
When we move into the new stadium, we may have to go through a similar bedding in period, but going by what has happened this campaign, it’s unlikely it will be a long one.
I think on the pitch what will be of most concern to the management staff is not how’ll we deal with playing in the new 62000 capacity arena, but resolving to ensure we build on our improvements away from home against the other big six.
Perhaps things won’t go as smoothly as the picture I have painted above. There could unanticipated issues off the field that could make things more of a challenge next season, we just don’t know.
I am more than confident though that if we keep this squad mostly in tact, combined with a couple of notable additions, next season could be quite special one for every aspect of the club.