Good news, everybody! The Wembley pitch has been judged as adequate.
UEFA officials inspected the field condition at Wembley Stadium today ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, and the inspectors have deemed it fit enough to play a football match.
That’s good news, considering that Spurs have had to play important football matches on Wembley pitches that were anything but. First there was the home Champions League match against Barcelona that bore huge bare spots just days after a boxing fight featuring Anthony Joshua was held at center pitch.
Then there was last Monday’s Premier League match between Spurs and Manchester City that was played one day after an NFL game and that still bore the yard markings and NFL insignia on the grass. Honestly, the poor condition of the pitch probably benefitted Spurs in that match more than it hurt them, but the image of Erik Lamela skying an open shot over the bar thanks to a bobbling ball still sticks in my mind.
We’ve said it before, but Spurs really can’t do anything at all about the state of the pitch. Until that new stadium opens, they’re stuck with whatever state the Wembley pitch happens to be in at the time. It’s not great, but what can you do?
At least this time around, with a must-win Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven, it’s not going to be an embarrassment. Now hopefully they finish the cheese room at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so we don’t have to deal with this too many more times.