Three points, 773 urinals: Spurs play numbers game on and off the pitch | Barney Ronay

Tottenham’s new stadium is a place of wonder underpinned by a crushing anxiety for team success and the money that brings

Welcome back then, Tottenham Hotspur. If the idea was to create something that felt unmistakably like home then the players did their best in the first half against Crystal Palace, producing a performance shot through with anxiety, met by intermittent waves of dread from the home crowd. Hello darkness, my old friend. You can take the twitchy blue-and-white shirts out of White Hart Lane, but you can’t take the Spurs out of Spurs.

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