Gareth Bale returns to North London to take on Tottenham in November.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has told the Daily Mail that White Hart Lane will be a big miss for Tottenham Hotspur – and still believes they can make Wembley Stadium their new fortress.
Spurs left White Hart Lane at the end of last season as they prepare to move into their brand new stadium, situated next door to their old 118-year home.
In the meantime, Tottenham are playing their home games at Wembley Stadium, and their problems at the national stadium have been well documented over the last year.
Spurs struggled in European games at Wembley last season, losing to both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League before crashing out of the Europa League at the hands of Gent.
This season, the issues have continued; a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea was followed up with a 1-1 home draw against Burnley; a game which most fans expected to win, even at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino's men must find a solution, and quickly, with crucial Premier League and Champions League games around the corner, notably Real Madrid in November.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will be returning to face his former club in that game, and he has now offered his thoughts on Tottenham leaving White Hart Lane.
Bale has told the Daily Mail that he loved White Hart Lane, because the atmosphere stayed in the ground and was able to generate great noise, something which is harder to do in big, modern stadiums such as Wembley – but he still honestly believes that Tottenham can make Wembley a new fortress, despite the difference in atmosphere.
“It was that typical old style British stadium,” said Bale. “The fans were on top of you and the atmosphere stayed in. It’s a big difference to the new stadiums where it’s harder to generate the same sort of noise.
“It’s going to be a big miss for them but with modern football I suppose other things are taken into consideration, clubs have to maximize revenue and they can’t just think about what arena makes for the best atmosphere for the players to play in.”
“The atmosphere is not quite as on top of you but you can still make it your fortress. Your home is where you build from and you need to make it difficult for teams,” he added.