Tottenham Hotspur will officially move into their new stadium tonight as they take on Crystal Palace tonight in the first Premier League game there. They really have thought of almost everything at that new ground, they boast the longest bar in Europe (65m), the first microbrewery and no plastic straws to reduce their carbon footprint.
But what about the players? They will enjoy the home comforts of a posh dressing room with 62,062 fans greeting them onto the pitch but have they missed a trick with getting a psychological edge on their opponents?
Norwich City were ridiculed mercilessly at the start of the season having painted their away dressing room pink. Clubs and pundits alike took the mick out of the Canaries for their bold paint job, which was done to reduce testosterone levels in the opposition players, making them less competitive and easier to beat.
Well, it is Norwich who have had the last laugh. Sitting pretty at the top of the Championship table, Daniel Farke’s team have rinsed the rest of the league and are now on course for a surprising promotion to the top flight. Their home form has played a vital part in that incredible performance over the season.
At Carrow Road, The Canaries have averaged a stonking 2.16 points per game, the best record in the division. They have scooped 41 points from 19 games in East Anglia and whilst their away form is also brilliant, averaging two points a game, their home form has kept them in contention and could see them promoted next month.
Although you have to say, Daniel Farke’s brilliant management, Norwich’s fantastic youngsters and some incredibly shrewd transfer signings such as Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia have all contributed to Norwich’s success, perhaps that pink dressing room has had a startling effect on the opposition.
Norwich have lost just one game at home since the 6th October, a run that has seen them fight their way to the top of the league. The only side to beat them in the league at Carrow Road since then is Frank Lampard’s Derby County, who bagged two late goals to steal all three points.
Farke’s men have two home games in a row, against QPR and Reading on TV over the course of the next week and six points will see them in touching distance of the promised land. The Yellows will hope their opponents are tickled pink once more as they look to secure their place in the Premier League next season.
Will we see more clubs paint their dressing rooms pink after Norwich’s success?