Wembley memories can inspire us against Spurs, says Wagner
Huddersfield’s last trip to the national stadium resulted in a play-off final victory and promotion to the Premier League.
Huddersfield boss David Wagner hopes “unbelievably positive memories” of Wembley can inspire another day to remember against Tottenham.
The Terriers secured their fairytale promotion to the Premier League at Wembley last May and Wagner feels Saturday’s return could bring the best out of his players.
“We only have unbelievably positive memories when we think about Wembley,” Wagner said.
“It’s less than a year ago that we had one of the most successful days in the club’s history. Now we are back.
“Of course, if you have positive memories of an occasion, then it’s something that can help you if you prepare yourself for this game, and this is what we use, what we take.”
Back-to-back league wins against Bournemouth and West Brom have lifted Huddersfield three points clear of the relegation zone up to 14th place.
But Wagner is wary after his side were soundly beaten for the first time this season by Tottenham at the John Smith’s Stadium in September.
“It’s great to be back at Wembley in a competitive game,” he said. “The problem is that it’s against Tottenham, one of the best teams in the Premier League, or maybe in the world at the minute.
“Like always, we will try our best. We will fight for every single yard, and sometimes, surprises happen in football. We will work on it.”
Harry Kane scored twice against the Terriers at the John Smith’s and Wagner believes he is currently the best striker in Europe.
“How many goals has he now? Yes, at the minute I think he is,” he said. “He is a fantastic striker and unfortunately not in our team.
“But Tottenham are not only about him. They have another handful of great individuals as well and, like always, we will try our best.”
Wagner has been given a major boost with midfielder Aaron Mooy set to return to full training next week after recovering from an infected cut on a knee.
Fellow midfielder Phillip Billing (illness) and defender Chris Lowe (ankle) are both back in contention, while striker Elias Kachunga (knee) is expected to resume training the week after next.
The Terriers kick-started their survival fight with a comprehensive FA Cup replay win at Birmingham last month.
They were knocked out in the following round by Manchester United, but are in good spirits for their Wembley return as that fifth-round defeat was sandwiched by successive wins against Bournemouth and West Brom.
“Of course, everyone’s excited about it, that we are able to meet (Tottenham) with the positive momentum we have at the minute,” Wagner added.
“In recent games we have played well, where we scored goals and where we were able to collect the points as well. This makes it better for us.”