Tottenham Hotspur fans have a lot to be happy about. Mauricio Pochettino is looking like an astute and tactically brilliant manager; Eric Dier and Dele Alli’s bromance is blossoming; and Harry Kane is still scoring for fun. They can also be very pleased with their recent home form – at White Hart Lane that is…
When it comes to home form, Spurs have taken 26 points from 10 games, losing none. Chelsea, who currently sit at the top of the table, have taken just one more point in the same number of fixtures at Stamford Bridge.
In the last four seasons prior to this one, Spurs have taken roughly the same amount of points at home as they have away (51.5% on average). Whereas this season they have won a whopping 61% of their points at home. It may be a commonly rolled out footballing cliche – which I am still going to use myself despite actively disliking – but White Hart Lane has become a real fortress of late.
Let’s compare further. Last season, which was considered to be pretty successful for Pochettino’s men after they narrowly missed out on the title, Spurs won 10 games at home. This season, having played just over half of their fixtures, they have already won eight.
With this in mind it’s no coincidence that it was at White Hart Lane where the mighty Chelsea, with John Travolta – sorry Antonio Conte – at the helm, finally saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end. Spurs comfortably won that game 2-0.
— BT Sport Bars (@BTSportBars) April 4, 2016
White Hart Lane was also where Spurs halted Pep Guardiola’s 100% start to the season. City were flying in the league having won six games in a row, but again Spurs beat the in form table-toppers 2-0.
“We knew how aggressive they are, home and away, especially at home.”
Some Spurs fans, however, would be forgiven for worrying about how they will fare once they move into their brand new stadium. If their performances at Wembley in the Champions League are anything to go by, then they may well struggle.
This season, playing at Wembley, Spurs have crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage losing at home to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen, in front of over 85,000 fans each time. With results at White Hart Lane being so positive, the move away next season, as building work on their new stadium is completed, could prove to be a real issue.
If Tottenham’s new stadium doesn’t include a narrow row of sandwich shops called Deli Alley they aren’t even trying and must be disbanded.
— On the Terraces (@OnTheTerraces_) January 9, 2017
West Ham fans know all about this. Upton Park – or the Boleyn Ground to some – was their home for over 100 years. Like White Hart Lane, it was a bustling old school stadium, with a fantastic atmosphere. However, since their move to the Olympic Stadium, they have struggled for form at home. The Hammers have already lost more games at home in the Premier League this season (4) than they did in the entirety of last season (3). The club have even been accused of playing fake crowd noises at their new ground to improve the atmosphere…
But back to Spurs. They have won nine in a row at White Hart Lane. They are pushing for the title this season and look like they can beat anyone at the ground. In recent years, they have become genuine title contenders and are now considered in the same category as all the other big guns in the league. Everything is looking up for their fans, but many will be wondering if they are turning White Hart Lane into an impenetrable fortress right before they tear it down?