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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after the EPL match against Watford at Vicarage Road January 1, 2017. — Reuters picTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after the EPL match against Watford at Vicarage Road January 1, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, June 20 — Tottenham Hotspur suffered a setback ahead of their one-season tenure at Wembley after the Premier League said they cannot alter the dimensions of the playing surface, the Times reported today.

Spurs will play home matches at the 90,000-capacity national stadium before moving to a new 61,500-seat home stadium, which will be ready for the 2018-19 campaign.

The Times reported last month that Tottenham were hoping to reduce the pitch size at Wembley to suit their high-pressing game but were told in a meeting of 20 Premier League chairmen that such a change would not be permitted.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will need to adapt to a 105 metres by 69 metres playing area at Wembley, the largest in the English top-flight football next season.

They won only one of five games at the venue, which they used for home European matches, last season. — Reuters

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