Tottenham Hotspur shouldn’t worry about Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s Wembley warning
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Spurs should take plenty of positives from Sunday’s game and need to focus on them when Burnley visit this weekend
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned Tottenham Hotspur that Premier League rivals will enjoy playing games at Wembley Stadium.
The Blues were the first team to visit the national arena for an away match on Sunday and left with all three points after a 2-1 victory.
Although Spurs performed strongly, they lost at Wembley again to continue their poor run in Brent and Conte feels other clubs in the division will relish the prospect of playing under the arch.
“Honestly, I think to see this atmosphere was great,” said the Italian when asked about playing at the national arena.
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“In this stadium, Wembley, a fantastic place, to feel this atmosphere is amazing and also for the opponent.
“It was amazing and in this atmosphere our fans tried to push the same despite 70,000 Tottenham supporters here, but honestly I think to see this atmosphere is great for the opponent.”
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Mauricio Pochettino had played down the Wembley affect in the build-up to the match and said similar after the full time whistle.
But it really did feel like Tottenham missed a big chance on Sunday to lay down a marker at their new home and dispel the myth once and for all.
A victory over Chelsea would have given Spurs the statement success they wanted under the arch and also made up for the FA Cup semi-final loss in April.
Now the talk of a hoodoo at Wembley will just go on and it is unlikely to go even if a win over Burnley can be achieved on Sunday.
There were plenty of plus points for Tottenham to take from the defeat, however, and on another day they may well have claimed all three points.
Mousa Dembele looked in top form and Christian Eriksen was in the assists again, while Ben Davies kept up his strong start to the new campaign.
And while Harry Kane went another game without a goal in August, he got in plenty of good positions and you suspect he will end his duck in the eighth month of the year this weekend.
Conte is right. Premier League clubs will enjoy going to Wembley, but Spurs have to make sure their rivals are less keen to return after the game.