Spurs denied permission to reduce Wembley pitch

Ex-Tottenham star William Gallas reckons Spurs will struggle in the Champions League again

GETTY Ex Tottenham star William Gallas reckons Spurs will struggle in the Champions League again

The Premier League have vetoed the proposal as it breaches a rule standardising pitch sizes, according to the Times.

Tottenham Hotspur will not be able to alter the dimensions of the Wembley pitch.

Spurs could ask to trim the pitch by one metre as that would still adhere to the new pitch guidelines, but they will be unable to recreate the size of their former ground.

Part of their problems at Wembley was put down to the size of the pitch which doesn't suit their high-pressing game; the White Hart Lane surface was the second smallest in the league ahead of Stoke at 100m by 67m, while Wembley's surface is 100m by 69m.

There has been a lot of talk recently about Spurs playing on a bigger pitch, and it's thought that the extra real estate might have contributed to Spurs' struggles at Wembley in recent seasons. If we have more space, it's easier for us, but we have to find a way.

In fact, the Wembley hasn't been a happy hunting ground for them over the years, with the Spurs also failing to win their previous four matches at the national stadium stretching back to 2008 League Cup final.

Spurs suffered a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Gent in the last-32 of the Europa League, and it seems that they will have plenty of work to do if they want to be a force among Europe's elite this season.

Unfamiliarity with Wembley and the pitch size might have been a small factor, but it would be a bit ridiculous to list it as a major factor. There aren't really any excuses left - Tottenham might as well start making adjustments now.

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