Quick links

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino disagrees with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko's comments about Wembley

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Moussa Sissoko suggested that Tottenham Hotspur should look to move back to White Hart Lane if they qualified for the Europa League.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the Hampstead and Highgate Newspaper that he disagrees with Moussa Sissoko’s comments about returning to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham’s poor European campaign has led to questions being asked about whether it was a disadvantage for the Lilywhites to have to play at Wembley. 

Spurs fell to defeats against Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco at the national stadium, and it has led to them crashing out of the Champions League at the group stages.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Sissoko suggested that Tottenham should now attempt to move back to White Hart Lane for European matches in the future.

However, Pochettino insists that Spurs will be staying at Wembley - if they manage to claim third spot and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

“The players need to be focused on playing and do their talking on the pitch,” Pochettino said, when asked about Sissoko’s recent comments to the media. “That is the most important thing.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action against Sweden

“It is a good opportunity to play our next game at Wembley [against CSKA Moscow] and then if we have the possibility to play in the Europa League there, because next season if we have to play 19 league games and cups matches and European competition there, we need to make it our home. I don’t know where that rumour started [about returning to White Hart Lane]. Never - we will play at Wembley. For me it’s a big motivation.”

Tottenham will need to avoid defeat in their final group game to sure that they qualify for the Europa League.

Spurs are currently on a poor run of form, and they have won just once in their last nine matches.

Tottenham are next in action tomorrow, when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the press conference

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch