The Wembley Stadium pitch was recently torn up during an American Football match and the centre of the field got thrashed. The Wembley ground staff work hard to prepare the surface for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV. PSV head coach Mark van Bommel realises that the pitch at Wembley is not in great condition but feels there is no reason to complain.
Facing the media on Monday evening ahead of Tuesday’s crucial game, Van Bommel said: “We don’t worry about the state of the state of the Wembley pitch. For us, it’s no talking point. It would not be good to focus on the condition of a pitch as there’s nothing you can do about it. We may check the condition of the pitch for one or two minutes, but then we will turn our attention to tomorrow night’s game.”
PSV will walk out onto the pitch of Wembley Stadium tomorrow, the UK’s most iconic venue. Van Bommel. “Everybody wants to play here. It may sound romantic but I think football was born here. I remember I was still a kid when I saw the Liverpool v Arsenal clash on the sacred ground in 1984. Pardon? Oh, it was in 1982. Well I knew I was close!. Wembley is a football temple and it stands for football history.”
Tottenham Hotspur have been forced to delay the opening of the new White Hart Lane, their home base. The stadium is close to completion but is not quite ready so Tottenham Hotspur will host PSV at Wembley on matchday four of the UEFA Champions League. The two teams meet again after a 2-2 draw at the Philips Stadion in round three. The Spurs were the better side after goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane had put Spurs in front after Hirving Lozano’s opener for PSV. Luuk de Jong, however, snatched a point with three minutes remaining after Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had been sent off. Van Bommel: “We were pegged back into our own half and it was the first time that we were outclassed at home. But we were lucky to have won a point at the end of the day.”
The English team is still searching for their first victory in the current UEFA Champions League campaign, so only a win will do for them to stay in the group. They look to put pressure on the PSV defence for the full 90 minutes. Will PSV be forced to lean back and defend deeply and hope to strike on the counter? “We might play that way, but we have several weapons in our team”, said Van Bommel. “We would like to dominate the game but we must also be realistic. Sometimes you will be forced to defend stoutly but I know we are capable of doing so”, concluded Van Bommel.