Tottenham confirm Wembley date for Manchester City match and Champions League group games

Dan Kilpatrick
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Tottenham have confirmed they will play a fourth Premier League home game at Wembley, with the national stadium to host Manchester City's visit on Monday 29 October – a day later than planned.

Spurs will also play all three of their home Champions League group games against Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan at Wembley.

The club had hoped to face Pep Guardiola's City in their new 62,062-seater home but the opening was delayed after problems with the critical safety systems – believed to be the fire and safety alarms.

The club moved the matches against Liverpool on September 15 and Cardiff on October 6 to Wembley – their temporary home for the whole of last season – but the national stadium is unavailable to host City on the original date of October 28 because there is an NFL game there on the same day.

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After talks between the Premier League, Spurs, City, broadcaster Sky Sports and the local safety advisory group, the game will take place a day later than planned – leaving Wembley staff with the difficult job of turning around the stadium in such a short period of time and both teams to contend with a churned-up pitch.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy revealed the delays to the construction project had resulted in 'substantial additional costs' to the club and he apologised to supporters.

"Amongst the consequences of the delay have been substantial additional costs, not least of which the need for alternative venue hire, along with the inconvenience for our fans and those of our opposition," Levy said.

"I want to apologise once again and thank you all for your support. 

"Mauricio [Pochettino, the Spurs manager], his staff and the players, have been exceptional in their support and fully embraced the changes of venue with total positivity. They have my utmost respect," Levy added.

"We are now being regularly updated on progress and as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors' ability to deliver against the revised schedule of works, we shall be able to issue dates for test events and the official opening game.

"We are facing many issues, but although disappointing, costly and frustrating, I am uncompromising in my determination to deliver something extraordinary to our fans."

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A Spurs statement said their yet-to-be-named new stadium could yet be ready for the weekend of City's visit.

It read: "We should like to apologise to both our and Manchester City fans for this fixture having to be moved to a weekday evening and any inconvenience caused.

"Despite the possibility that our new stadium could be ready to host this match, this would not be known until much closer to the date of the game. We have therefore agreed with the Premier League that, in the interests of clarity and certainty, we shall confirm this game as taking place at this time at Wembley Stadium so that fans of both teams can now make travel arrangements accordingly."

Spurs had already confirmed that their first Champions League home game – now known to be against Barcelona on October 3 – would take place at Wembley and, after talks with Uefa, they will also host PSV on November 6 and Inter on November 28 at the national stadium. It is thought the governing body will allow Spurs to move into their new home, should they reach the Champions League or Europa League knockouts.

The EFL board will meet on Thursday to consider Spurs' request to play their League Cup third-round home match against Watford at Stadium MK because Wembley is unavailable for the fixture, which will take place in the week commencing September 24.