Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini has slammed the quality of the Wembley stadium, describing it as a “potato field.”
The Chelsea coach and former Spurs keeper believes the surface at his old club’s temporary home is “one of the absolute worst” in English football.
With ongoing delays at Tottenham’s new stadium back on their old White Hart Lane patch, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have had to contend with a pitch battered from being covered up for the installation of thousands of seats at an Anthony Joshua fight in late September, staging three NFL fixtures in a month and two England games in the space of four days — as well as the demands of their own Premier League home matches.
Cudicini’s Chelsea were thumped 3-1 at the national stadium in a Premier League game on Saturday, and he said of the turf: “It’s improved a bit, but the end remains a potato field. Playing on that pitch isn’t easy. Weird, right? Wembley used to be a temple, the English stadium par excellence.
“Now it’s one of the absolute worst. Inter will also have to deal with this problem.”
Tottenham must beat Inter on Wednesday to give themselves a chance of progressing from Group B against the odds.
Cudicini believes, despite the appalling playing surface, Pochettino’s players have the class and resilience to come through.
He said: “Back in my day, Spurs were a club searching for a dimension.
“Today, they’re in the Champions League permanently, have many young players who are of a high level, and the club has widened its horizons, like the decision to restructure White Hart Lane.”