Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not believes his side will have a huge advantage in the FA Cup semi-final despite the Wembley Stadium due to host the game. Spurs have played all of their home matches at the national stadium as they fast-track the completion of their new home ground which is expected to be opened for next season.
Spurs had their Wembley hoodoos during the start of the campaign as they failed to win three of their opening four matches. However, they have since managed to sort out their woes with their just one defeat against West Ham United since October. As a result, many have deemed favourites for Spurs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley, but Pochettino appears to dismiss the advantage, he said:“How it changes? Now the perception and the feeling. Seven months ago, it was horrendous to play there and now it’s an advantage. We are comfortable and happy to play there. The fans are more comfortable too. That is a very good thing, but I don’t think it will be an advantage to play there.”
Obviously, the fans from both teams would be split at the Wembley, but there is still the minor edge for Spurs, who are more accustomed to playing in front of the crown at the stadium. Moreover, the north Londoners will be used to the condition of the pitch, and this is something which may hamper the opposition, should they decide to play with a defensive approach.
Spurs suffered a major setback earlier in the month as they succumbed to a Champions League defeat at the hands of Juventus, and the FA Cup now remains their only route to securing silverware for the campaign. The Capital outfit have not attained any major trophy since their League Cup triumph over rivals Chelsea nearly a decade ago.