Tottenham are too young for the Champions League - Gallas

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Despite finishing fourth the season before, Tottenham were not able to get Champions League football after getting knocked out of the qualifiers by the hands of an impressive AS Monaco side.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. suffered a setback ahead of their one-season tenure at Wembley after the Premier League said they can not alter the dimensions of the playing surface, the Times reported on Tuesday.

In a meeting of 20 Premier League chairmen, they were told that such a change to the pitch would not be permitted. "You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused", he was quoted saying according to the Daily Star.

The former France worldwide was an integral part of the Spurs side which reached the last eight of the Champions League in 2010-11.

The collective brilliance of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart were given free reign to push forward, safe in the knowledge that Gallas and co would deal with any defensive issues in a typically steely, resilient nature.

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Part of their problems at Wembley was put down to the size of the pitch which doesn't suit their high-pressing game; the White Hart Lane surface was the second smallest in the league ahead of Stoke at 100m by 67m, while Wembley's surface is 100m by 69m.

They played on a 100meters x 67meters pitch at their old prestigious ground and became a real force under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur will have to get used to playing on a larger pitch at home next season.

Gallas, however, is fully optimistic that a team with such talent should have no issues in arresting that wrong in the upcoming campaign.

That could be an issue for Spurs as they seek to improve upon their second-placed finish last season.

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