Spurs can't shake off Wembley hoodoo

LONDON • The intense frustration for Tottenham Hotspur is that however anybody dresses it up, their 0-0 draw with Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday was a step backwards.

Their disposal of Borussia Dortmund last Wednesday, effected so clinically, was supposed to have shaken off all that talk of a Wembley jinx.

It certainly looked the perfect platform for a routine evening against Swansea, but once again, they laboured at their temporary home and the familiar doubts returned as quickly as they had evaporated.

They have now failed to win any of their three league games at Wembley. Their home record at White Hart Lane, which is undergoing a rebuilding programme, was the foundation for last season's challenge as they pushed Chelsea all the way.

But manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is not worried that their Wembley woes will derail their title bid.

"It's frustrating," he said. "But we need to move on from this talk of a hoodoo.

"Last season was fantastic but that's history. We have a different dynamic which we need to create to win games, not just at Wembley but away. I'm not worried."

"We had to defend well and we did," said Swansea manager Paul Clement, who was pleased his side came away with a point.

THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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