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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Players must mentally be at Wenbley to win a football match

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TALK


The player signings continue as Spurs look to tie down a happy squad to contracts that give them and us some security. The latest to pen a new deal is Eric Dier, following hot on the heels of Kyle Walker and reportedly Jan Vertonghen.

Right now the fans and the players are excited by the Champions League, it is a new experience for most of them and Wembley is a sapping pitch. Plus the fact that they will be playing in front of a sellout Wembley stadium, it will be a special night as Mauricio Pochettino told reporters.


"It is difficult to describe the feeling because when we were training with a Champions League ball, with the Champions League logo on our kit, it was exciting for everyone. 
"Then at Wembley there will be nearly 90,000 fans. I cannot imagine what it will be like when we walk down the tunnel to the pitch. It will be an emotional moment. 
"We need to go there and behave naturally. We will have the same routine as we do at White Hart Lane - arrive three-and-a-half hours before the game, have some meetings, prepare for the match in a normal way. 
"We trust ourselves and the way we play. It is a good chance for us to play on a big pitch but in the end we need to adapt, not find excuses. 
"When you play on a big pitch it can help a team who try to build from the back, as we do, because you have more space. Yes, it is bigger than White Hart Lane but we are not worried about our physical condition."

It is all too easy to get caught up in the atmosphere, but as a professional athlete you have to be able to handle the big occasion and everything that surrounds it. You can't let it affect you, you leave that to everyone else. At the end of the day you are there to win a football match, not to savour an experience.



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