Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has admitted that his team has been affected by the delay in moving back to White Hart Lane.
The North London side lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley on Monday night, just days after chairman Daniel Levy confirmed their new 62,062-seater stadium will not be ready until the New Year.
The project has been blighted a number of issues that have held it up and Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been forced to use the national stadium as a temporary home for far longer than planned.
Monday’s game was also played on an awful surface given just 24 hours to recover from an NFL game.
Despite the problems, Spurs have made their best start to a Premier League season in amassing 21 points from their 10 games and ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wolves, Alderweireld said: “We never used Wembley as an excuse and we will not do that now. But it has affected us. I am grateful to play at Wembley, it is a very historical place, but it is not the same feeling as White Hart Lane. There we had a special home feeling.”
“We did very well to be successful at Wembley. But I know the club is doing everything in their power to play as quickly as possible in our stadium. It is on the same spot as White Hart Lane, so that is going to be special and to play in that sort of stadium will be wonderful and give us a boost.”
Spurs have taken giant strides under Pochettino during his four years in charge but the team continues to face criticism for an absence of trophies in that time.