Small pitch at White Hart Lane hindering Spurs’ play

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When things are going poorly for a club, fingers get pointed.

For Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino is pointing his finger at the Spurs’ home pitch.

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White Hart Lane has one of the smallest fields in the Premier League, with only Loftus Road (QPR) and Britannia Stadium (Stoke City) housing smaller playing surfaces.

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With Spurs currently sitting in the bottom half of the table with 11 points from nine games, manager Mauricio Pochettino called out his team’s pitch for hindering his style of play.

Our style means we need a bigger place to play because we play a positional game and it’s true that White Hart Lane is a little bit tight.

It’s better for the opponent. For example, on Sunday Newcastle play deep, same with West Brom and Liverpool, and it was difficult for us. We need time to adapt in our new set up and understand better our position on the pitch.”

Pochettino will need his side to overcome their pitch problems as Tottenham host Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon in League Cup play. Whether the match is played at Wembley or in a schoolyard, Spurs’ fans will not accept anything but a win as they take on a side from the Championship.

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With three losses in their first five Premier League matches at White Hart Lane, maybe Pochettino has a point. Or maybe Spurs’ have just been playing subpar football and their manager is looking for any excuse he can find.