Wembley Stadium holds a prestigious value among English football fans. The world famous ground, dubbed ‘the home of English football’, is the one venue all English fans want their club teams to reach in the hunt for silverware each season.
So when Spurs fans found out they would play their home games in this season's Champions League on the hallowed turf, there was a real sense of excitement. The thought of 85,000 Spurs fans watching their team take on the best in Europe had a real lure, even for the most cynical of supporters.
50,000+ Spurs fans at Wembley though. Gonna be scenes💙— Niall. (@NiallGalbally) May 28, 2016
But yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Leverkusen saw Tottenham suffer defeat at Wembley for the second time in as many group games this season, with supporters left with very little to cheer about at the end of Wednesday's loss.
Wednesday’s defeat means that English clubs have lost each of the last five Champions League games played at the nation's most iconic stadium.
Arsenal, who played at Wembley in back-to-back UCL campaigns in 1998 and 1999, lost three of their six home games in total. Manchester United then lost the 2011 final to Barcelona before Spurs suffered their two losses in this season’s competition.
Last five Champions League matches at Wembley involving an English club has ended in them being on the losing side pic.twitter.com/1BwfFg3J9z— Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) November 2, 2016
Whether it’s the size of the pitch or the fact that opposing teams lift their game to play at such a famous venue, the Wembley 'curse' appears to be real. Spurs fans will undoubtedly be worried for their last remaining Group Stage clash at home to CSKA Moscow in December.
They are also expected to play all of their home games at Wembley next season, while White Hart Lane is fully redeveloped, before moving into their new stadium in time for the start of the 2018/19 season.