Former Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov urges club to sort out stadium issues to meet ambitions

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham celebrates scoring his second goal during a Barclays Premier League match (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Dimitar Berbatov reckons Tottenham must sort out their stadium situation as soon as possible in order to forge an identity.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were dealt a hammer blow after it emerged this week that their new stadium would not be fully ready to host Premier League and Champions League matches in September as expected.

As a result, Tottenham will continue to play home matches at Wembley, starting this weekend against newly-promoted Fulham.

But former Spurs striker Berbatov believes it is imperative that the Lilywhites can move into their new ground to help them meet their ambitions.

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The skilful forward told Betfair: “The news this week that Tottenham’s new stadium won’t be ready as planned (for the Liverpool game on September 15) isn’t good for my old team.

“It’s important for any team to feel at home, have an identity. When you play at your own home, it feels different, and as a player it can really push you on.

“A couple more matches at Wembley won’t be too much of an issue as the players are used to playing there now and had a good record last season, but the quicker they can get into the new stadium the better.”

Despite the setback, the Bulgarian star believes Pochettino’s men will take maximum points against the Cottagers.

It would mean bleak news for another of his former clubs, Fulham, but he also backed Slavisa Jokanovic’s side to beat the drop.

The Betfair ambassador added: “Spurs face another one of my old teams this weekend, taking on Fulham at ‘home’. The Cottagers had plenty of good chances against Crystal Palace but when you don’t score, there’s always the danger the other team will punish you and that’s what Palace did.

“Fulham will be fine this season, but I don’t see them getting anything at Wembley. I know Tottenham didn’t sign anyone in the transfer window but they didn’t need to, they have such a good team as it is.

“They will be confident after winning at Newcastle on the opening weekend, and I expect them to get another three points on the board.”