How will Spurs find Wembley next year?

The FA Cup semi-final draw has given Tottenham Hotspur the challenge of beating London neighbours Chelsea at Wembley, a ground where they have underperformed on a number of occasions this season during their disappointing European campaigns.

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Spurs played their European game at Wembley this season.

Having already claimed three points off Chelsea in a 2-0 win earlier this year, Spurs have a strong chance of repeating history, although a side-lined Harry Kane may be an issue for Mauricio Pochettino.

Wembley has been a major problem for Spurs this season. Having disappointed in both the Champions League and the Europa League.

The Lilywhites will make the national stadium their home for the 2017/18 season as the new White Hart Lane continues to be built, replacing the current 36,284 seater stadium.

Spurs have faced Chelsea on a number of occasions at Wembley in recent years.

The 2007/08 Carling Cup final will stand out for Spurs fans as Spanish manager, Juande Ramos guided them to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea thanks to a 94th minute header from defender, Jonathan Woodgate.

The most recent cup final between the pair saw Chelsea come out winners as they beat Spurs 2-0 to claim the 2014/15 Capital One Cup.

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Jonathan Woodgate played a major part in Tottenham’s last cup win.

Having already played regularly at Wembley this season, Spurs will be hoping to put their Wembley woes behind them next year.

One factor which has been noted by a number of Tottenham fans is the distance away from the pitch at Wembley in comparison to White Hart Lane.

The set of grounds are completely different formats and this may be one point regarding how Spurs are finding life difficult on the pitch.

ElWriteBack spoke to a fan before Spurs’ 6-0 FA Cup win against Millwall last weekend about life at Wembley for Spurs both this season and next. This was Tottenham’s last FA Cup match at White Hart Lane.

Next season will see sell outs of the national stadium for Tottenham as they have already managed to do so this season.

One issue for Spurs at Wembley this season could be the fact that they have been switching between White Hart Lane in the league and their European home throughout the calendar.

Next season Spurs will have time to settle in properly and get used to the type of ground they will be playing on.

Pre-season will be vital for Pochettino as he continues to strengthen his side and prepares for another title chasing season, this time out of North London.

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Spurs will play their home games at Wembley next season.

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