Dimitar Berbatov has said Tottenham need to move into their new stadium quickly or they will begin to lack an identity.
Spurs have confirmed delays to the construction of their new White Hart Lane-based ground. They will now play scheduled games in September and October against Cardiff City and Liverpool at Wembley, while the location of future matches has also been thrown into doubt.
The meeting with Manchester City on October 28th may even have to be reversed and played at the champions’ Etihad Stadium if Tottenham still aren’t ready to open their their new arena.
And Berbatov, who made over 100 appearances for Spurs between 2006 and 2008, believes the delays are not good news for his former club and a resolution is needed quickly.
“The news this week isn’t good for my old team,” Berbatov said (via the London Evening Standard).
“It’s important for any team to feel at home, have an identity. When you play at your own home, it feels different, and as a player it can really push you on.”
“A couple more matches at Wembley won’t be too much of an issue as the players are used to playing there now and had a good record last season, but the quicker they can get into the new stadium the better.”
Tottenham will face another of Berbatov’s old clubs, Fulham, at Wembley this weekend in the only fixture originally scheduled to take place at the national stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s season got their season underway with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park, while Fulham lost their opener 2-0 against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.