Tottenham Hotspur were condemned to a 1-0 defeat by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the Premier League on Monday night. But despite their team losing out to one of the fellow title contenders, the Spurs fans were more concerned about the poor state of the pitch at Wembley, their temporary home.
Spurs played Manchester City in a crucial Premier League match at the Wembley, England’s national stadium, on Sunday night. The game was played just a little over 24 hours after an NFL encounter between Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles at the same venue on Monday afternoon.
And the damage was there to be seen as the Spurs and City players kicked the ball over a heavily battered and bruised grass turf of the Wembley Stadium.
The Wembley pitch looking in peak condition for Spurs vs Man City on Monday night… pic.twitter.com/ZzrqHni38H
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 28, 2018
It made for a strange viewing for fans at the venue as well as for those on television sets at home as one of the standout Premier League fixtures of the season was played on a pitch that was covered in NFL markings, lacking grass cover at several places and almost reduced to dirt in areas near the touchline.
The Wembley pitch, just shows what a pitch goes like when it’s over used, even with all the newest technology and best machinery available.
Makes you realise what a great job some part time/ voluntary groundsman do on limited resources and time with the same usage if not more 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/XcEpOY6bGm
— ben kay (@ben_kay8) October 28, 2018
The Premier League match was originally scheduled to be held at Spurs’ new stadium — the New White Hart Lane — but was moved back to Wembley following construction delays in their new home.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Kevin Friend, the referee for the game, “was seen walking around the pitch two hours before kick off, testing to see how the ball rolled on the scarred surface. It was clear within minutes of the first half that the ravaged area near the dugouts was considerably firmer than the grassy sections that had survived Sunday’s proceedings.”
The Wembley pitch looks like it’s straight out of an MLS game from 1997. pic.twitter.com/b5bgni8GYn
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 29, 2018
Spurs were also forced to play their Champions League game against Barcelona on a damaged pitch after the stadium hosted an Anthony Joshua fight.
— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) October 28, 2018
In the final of three NFL games played in London this season, Jacksonville Jaguars, owned by Fulham owner Shahid Khan, were beaten 24-18 by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
While many were shocked by the state of affairs…
The Wembley pitch still in an awful state despite being worked on overnight after last night’s NFL game. pic.twitter.com/k9WWRAzeC8
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 29, 2018
Others reminded football has seen darker days!
— Evan Bartlett (@ev_bartlett) October 29, 2018
However, Tottenham supporters won’t be a happy lot, especially considering that their new £1 billion stadium is expected to host NFL games in the near future!