Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been unimpressed with his team…
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Tottenham’s poor form is down to a small home pitch, adding that White Hart Lane is ‘a little bit tight’, with only QPR and Stoke having smaller Premier League pitches.
Reports in the Guardian carry quotes from the Argentine boss, who believes Tottenham are being stifled by the tightness of the pitch. he London club have struggled at home once again this season, particularly when visiting teams have sat deep to compress the space.
Pochettino has seen his team lose three out of five home league fixtures – against Liverpool, West Brom and Newcastle – and he has come to feel hemmed in, when the onus has been on Tottenham to prise apart visiting teams.
“Our style means we need a bigger space to play because we play a positional game,” Pochettino said. “It’s true that White Hart Lane is a little bit tight and it’s better for the opponent when they play deep.
“On Sunday there were two shots from Newcastle – it was unlucky for us. And they play deep. West Bromwich play deep, Liverpool the same, they play very deep and it was difficult for us. We need time to adapt to our new set-up and to understand better our position on the pitch.”
As the source adds, Tottenham have the joint-shortest pitch in the Premier League, according to the official statistics, alongside Stoke and QPR, and only those two clubs have narrower playing surfaces. Tottenham’s pitch, which measures 100 metres by 67 metres, is 6% smaller than half of the others in the division.
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