Former Tottenham Hotspur defender, Neil Ruddock, believes the current players will benefit from having to play their home games behind closed doors.
A lot of has been said and written about the impact of playing games without fans. Looking at some of the results in the Bundesliga so far, it would appear that home teams do not necessarily hold the same advantage.
However, Ruddock has suggested that some teams, including Spurs and Arsenal, could benefit from not having their own fans get on their backs when they go through poor spells in games.
The former Spurs star suggested that the Lilywhites will be able to play without pressure, just as they have done on occasions when they are away from home.
When asked how playing behind closed doors could affect various teams, Ruddock told The Daily Star: “I think Arsenal will do very well behind closed doors.
“Because, with Arsenal, when they go 1-0 down, the fans get on their back.
“And Tottenham, too. They have this habit of being better away than they are at home with their own fans.
“It will help Villa most amongst those ones at the bottom. If they go behind in a game, they won’t get the usual moans and groans. It’s a big mental thing.
“I feel Villa will get out of trouble because they’ve got one more home game than the rest.”
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As much as Spurs fans like to believe that we are better than the lot down the road, the reality is that the home support at Tottenham also have a habit of becoming restless when we don’t break teams down. I believe we will likely become much better at executing Mourinho’s pragmatic game plans without the home crowd getting frustrated every single time we give the ball away or decide to defend deep with men behind the ball.
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