Dortmund boss says Wembley pitch could favour Spurs

Date published: Thursday 14th September 2017 8:40 - Matthew Stead

Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz suggests that Wembley’s pitch dimensions favour Tottenham’s style of play.

Spurs won their opening Champions League match 3-1 against the Bundesliga side on Wednesday, with Harry Kane scoring twice.

Dortmund fought valiantly, but eventually slipped to defeat against the hosts, who secured their first home win of the season.

Spurs have struggled at Wembley since playing their Champions League fixtures at the national stadium from the start of last campaign, but Bosz suggests that teams could struggle to “cover spaces behind the back four” due to the larger pitch dimensions.

“We played very well in the first half and controlled much of the game, but one thing we did not do was cover spaces behind the back four,” he said.

“I am disappointed because we should have got more out of the game.

“Above all, we played well in the first half, but were sloppy on two occasions.

“Both teams typically play according to the same philosophy, that is, they want to press high up the pitch and play out from the back.

“We did that very well. We applied pressure far up the pitch, but then the defence needs to be well organised, which wasn’t the case when the first goal was scored.

“The goals we conceded were much too soft.”

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