Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has called on the club’s fanbase to turn out in full force and voice in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday amid a significant drop this season in attendances.
Spurs averaged almost 68,000 during their first season at Wembley but, with uncertainty over whether the club will move to their new White Hart Lane stadium before the summer and certain matches’ attendances capped, numbers have fallen during this second season at the national stadium to an average of just over 50,000.
That has dipped below 45,000 in each of the last three home games at which there has been a 51,000 restriction, bottoming out at 29,164 against Watford, despite the ongoing possibility of a first league title since 1961. Wembley, though, will be at its full 90,000 capacity for the last 16 first leg of the Champions League against Bundesliga leaders Dortmund on Wednesday and the club are confident of a crowd in excess of 51,000.
“We need the stadium to push, to help us – in some days it’s difficult to deal with Wembley but hopefully in this big game we’ll receive this help from the crowd,” said Lloris.
Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Leicester City was their fourth consecutive Premier League victory in the ongoing absence both of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to respective ankle and hamstring injuries. Dortmund are five points clear of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team will be at a “massive disadvantage” after having the Leicester match moved to Sunday and so one less recovery day.