Journalist explains why Spurs could have an advantage in playing at neutral grounds

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With the Bundesliga getting the green light from the German Government to go kick off once again, there is renewed hope that the Premier League will also soon be allowed to restart.

Reports have indicated that the Premier League along with the various clubs are working over the feasibility of ‘Project Restart’ which involves finishing the remainder of the season behind closed doors at neutral grounds (Guardian).

While some clubs are reportedly in support of the idea of playing at neutral venues, others are still not on board as of yet (Daily Mail).

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has identified one key advantage Tottenham might have if the season is completed at neutral venues.

He pointed out how Spurs are well adapted to playing away from their home ground since they had to play at Wembley for almost two full seasons before moving into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He suggested that the Tottenham players could acclimatise pretty quickly to the new venues in comparison with their rivals.

Gold wrote: “Spurs have been prepared for this sort of plan (playing at neutral venues) perhaps without entirely realising it.

“Their nomadic existence in recent seasons, playing home games in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wembley Stadium and even the Stadium MK while they waited for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be opened will stand many of the players in good stead for the challenge ahead.

“There was so much uncertainty last season with which games would be played at their new home and which had to remain at Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino had to prepare the players to be adaptable to whatever stadium they played in.

“That in itself probably showed in their performances in those big away games in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Manchester among others last season.

“Before the pause button was pressed on football, Spurs were eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind Manchester United in fifth spot.

“Should the season resume and Tottenham have to adapt to yet more stadiums, those neutral venues might not prove as awkward a hurdle for many of Mourinho’s players and they will need to take any advantage they can get to claw back those points on their rivals.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Gold certainly makes a great point as playing away from our home ground could be much less of a shock to our players compared to other squads. However, not having any fans in the stands will be a brand new experience for most of these players and it could potentially be a big shock. It will be fascinating to see how the lack of an atmosphere influences the pace and the intensity of the game.

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