Tottenham’s Wembley curse is well known. They are a side with a history of failing at the national stadium, and there is one incredible statistic that emphasises that more than any other.
When playing at the national stadium Spurs’ all-time top scorer are the opposition. On five occasions, Tottenham have been reliant on their rivals putting through their own goal.
Never was this more apparent than on Sunday in the London derby against Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino’s hammered Chelsea’s goal but were unable to make a breakthrough until Michy Batshuayi headed past his own goalkeeper to equalise in the final 10 minutes.
5 - Tottenham's all-time top scorer in games at Wembley is own goals, with Michy Batshuayi's being the fifth netted in favour of them. Oops.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 20, 2017
But even having been provided with that lifeline, Spurs managed to fold in the closing stages of the game, with Marcos Alonso grabbing a late winner for Chelsea, who had only two shots on target over the course of the whole match.
It is a statistic that does not bode well for a team seeking to win their first top-flight title since 1960-61.