Tottenham Hotspur are looking at the possibility of hosting Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Monday, Oct. 29, as they seek a resolution to their fixture issue, coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.
Spurs, who host Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, already moved home matches against Liverpool on Sept. 15 and Cardiff City on Oct. 6 to the national stadium because their new venue will not be ready in time.
Twickenham Stadium in London and Stadium MK in Milton Keynes have both been presented as potential alternatives, as has playing the game at City’s Etihad Stadium.
Spurs are therefore considering the possibility of delaying the fixture against Man City by a day and holding the match on Monday night, even though both teams could have a League Cup fourth-round game in midweek.
“At the moment I cannot say that we’re not going to play this game in our new stadium,” Pochettino told a news conference. “If it’s not possible to play in the new stadium, it’s about finding a way to play at Wembley because I think to play at another place — maybe three stadiums in one season — will be too much.
“Maybe we need to adapt. The day after the NFL game, maybe the pitch is not in the best condition, but we need to make the effort and try to play in the end because maybe to find another date will be difficult.”
An NFL game set to be played at the new Tottenham stadium on Oct. 14 was also moved to Wembley.
“We all feel disappointed of course with the announcement [of the delay] this week,” Pochettino said. “We need to be all together. We need our fans to understand that it’s a massive, huge project that will be [there] forever for them and the club. Of course, I understand the problems about the tickets, the money and everything, and I feel sorry for [the fans].
“I want to say thank you and apologise. We’re going to try to reward everyone by winning games. It’s the only way we can add and can pay all the effort they are doing and they are going to do for the club.”