Pitch was an advantage admit Young Boys
Wednesday 18 August 2010
Young Boys defender Scott Sutter played down the influence of the artificial pitch, but admitted the surface handed his side an advantage in their 3-2 Champions League play-off win over Tottenham at the Stade de Suisse in Bern.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp called for plastic surfaces to be banned from European football's elite club competition in the wake of the loss last night, in which his team were 3-0 down after 28 minutes.
Sutter, though, believes there is little difference between the artificial pitch and the grass surface at Tottenham's White Hart Lane home, which will host the second leg next Wednesday.
He told BBC Radio Five Live: "It's definitely an advantage for us; it's an advantage that we train here every day, not just with the pitch but we're also so familiar with the surroundings.
"The difference between a perfectly cut pitch - like it probably is at White Hart Lane - and here, they're both as fast as each other, you just need to be a bit more aware about how the ball bounces when it's wet."
Spurs fan Sutter enjoyed playing against his heroes and swapped shirts with Robbie Keane at the end of the clash.
"It was a special feeling," added the 24-year-old right-back, who was born in Enfield.
"The whole build-up to it for the last couple of weeks has been a bit hectic, with not many people knowing that I play over here.
"It was a great feeling playing against players you watch on TV.
"In any other circumstances I'd want Tottenham to do well and win the game."
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