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Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini has criticized the state of the Wembley pitch after the Blues fell to a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham in the Premier League last weekend.
The former Blues and Spurs keeper believes that the Wembley pitch is so terrible that he even feels that it is “one of the absolute worst” in England.
Spurs are continuing to use Wembley as their temporary home ground as they await settling into their new stadium. Their move to the new base has been delayed after it was damaged due to an Anthony Joshua fight, NFL fixtures and football.
“It’s improved a bit, but the end remains a potato field,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport via the Evening Standard.
“Playing on that pitch isn’t easy. Weird, right? Wembley used to be a temple, the English stadium par excellence.
“Now it’s one of the absolute worst. Inter will also have to deal with this problem.”
During his career, Cudicini represented both Chelsea and Spurs. He played for the Blues between 2000-2009 and helped the club to win two FA Cups, one League Cup, two Community Shields and was also crowned as Chelsea’s Player of the year in 2002.
After moving on from the Blues, Cudicini moved on to Spurs where he served as backup keeper between 2009-2012. After leaving the Lilywhites, he went on to have a spell with MLS club LA Galaxy which was his last playing stint.
During his heyday, Cudicini was regarded as one of the best keepers in the English top-flight. He was just very unlucky that he was playing for a Chelsea side which also had Petr Cech at prime in his ranks. He would have been an instant starter for most elite clubs in any of Europe’s top leagues.