Should Tottenham move into their new stadium for the Champions League quarter-finals?

White Hart Lane

Making their mark

Tottenham Hotspur made a statement in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, comfortably beating the Bundesliga leaders 4-0 on aggregate over two legs.

When the draw for the Round of 16 was initially made it looked a difficult tie for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but, as the scoreline suggests, it turned out to be a pretty comfortable route through to the quarter-finals.

Winning 3-0 in the first leg thanks to an excellent Jan Vertonghen display and without Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the starting XI, it was Kane who put any doubts to bed at Signal Iduna Park with a clinical finish to secure a 1-0 win in Germany.

Now Kane and co. will head into the next round of the competition full of confidence, with it also being the first time they have made the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2011. Harry Redknapp was then at the helm as the team were knocked out by Real Madrid, with the team of Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale unable to get past the last eight.

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted after the result in Dortmund, with the Champions League being the only trophy that Spurs realistically still have a chance of winning after falling out of the Premier League title race.

The Spurs manager also revealed that the club expect to be in their new stadium by the time the quarter-finals come around.

"I expect to play in the new stadium," said the Tottenham boss.

"We were talking with (chairman) Daniel Levy on Monday and yes, my wish is to play in the new stadium.

"Before the game, we were sitting listening to the song of the Champions League and we were thinking it would be amazing to be standing in the new stadium, listening to the song.

"Now we are in the quarter-finals, we hope we can finish and we can listen to the song."

Pochettino Sarri

Good decision to make the switch?

Tottenham have been waiting to move into their new stadium all season, continuing to play further games at Wembley Stadium due to a seemingly never-ending trend of setbacks and delays.

They haven’t performed poorly at the national stadium by any means, winning four of their last five games at Wembley and have managed to remain in the top four throughout the season.

In the Champions League, Spurs have won each of their last three games at Wembley, beating PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are the only side to win in London this season. Since the start of last season Spurs have twice beaten Dortmund at home, as well as Inter and Real Madrid, proving they can compete with the best of sides in their temporary ground.

With such a solid Wembley record, would they not be better off waiting until pre-season before making the switch to the new and improved White Hart Lane?

Adjusting to a new home ground mid-season could have one or two problems, with the likes of Arsenal and West Ham being case studies for sides that have taken time to settle into new homes at the start of a campaign.

It further increases the spotlight on Spurs heading into the next round, whilst also arguably adding more pressure on the players’ shoulders to deliver. It gives their opponents further incentive to become the first team to win there in European competition.

That said, it could also have an invigorating effect on the team as they look to instantly make their mark at home and further increase excitement amongst the players to get out there and make their awaited debut at the ground.

The atmosphere in the stadium that night would be another factor they undoubtedly would’ve considered, with Spurs fans having enough of their trips to Wembley and are itching to arrive in their new home.

It is a risky decision either way for Tottenham, though gien the way construction of the stadium has gone so far Spurs fans won’t be holding their breath that they could be in their new home by the time the next round comes around.

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