Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City: How NFL and Wembley ground staff have worked round the clock to ensure pitch is fine for Premier League clash

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The surface at the national stadium looked in dreadful shape when the final whistle went on Sunday's NFL action

Monday night’s fixture between Tottenham and Manchester City is expected to be played on one of the worst pitches the Premier League has seen in many, many years.

Due to the continuing issues regarding Spurs’ new stadium – which has still not opened – tonight’s match had to be moved to the north Londoners’ temporary home of Wembley.

There is still no official opening date for Tottenham’s new stadium

There is still no official opening date for Tottenham’s new stadium

Furthermore, the fixture also had to be pushed back by 24 hours so Wembley could host it, as there was NFL action at the national stadium on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles beat Jacksonville Jaguars in front of a record NFL attendance for a match played in England, while yesterday’s clash also recorded the second largest crowd for a single venue in this NFL season, only behind Dallas.

However, there have been complaints over the NFL’s use of Wembley just one day before Spurs take on Manchester City.

The pitch was clearly being cut up as Sunday’s match wore on, with pictures taken after the action finished showing serious issues with the surface.

The repetitive nature of American football resulted in the centre of the pitch suffering serious damage

The repetitive nature of American football resulted in the centre of the pitch suffering serious damage

Pictures taken after the match showed numerous imperfections across the surface

Pictures taken after the match showed numerous imperfections across the surface

However, the NFL have been doing all they can to ensure the pitch is in the best possible condition before tonight’s big kick-off.

A special agreement was made for Sunday’s match for NFL staff to work throughout the night and have the entire stadium vacated by 8am this morning. This was done at a cost to themselves, and if the NFL refused to agree with these conditions, tonight’s match would not have even been able to take place.

Furthermore, ground staff were working on the pitch for hours after the final whistle; they were clearing the pitch markings, cutting the grass, and working on divets individually from one end of the pitch towards the middle.

The above picture, taken by Jaguars Radio Network host J.P. Shadrick, shows the pitch BEFORE Sunday’s NFL action got under way.

talkSPORT’s own Will Gavin was at the match, and noted his observations on Twitter.

This is not the first occasion Wembley has hosted football soon after an American football clash, and the 30.5 hours between Sunday’s match ending and Monday’s getting under way seems huge when we step back to 1991.

On a Saturday evening that year, Wembley hosted a match between London Monarchs and Orlando Thunder with Crystal Palace and Everton clashing in the Zenith Data Systems Cup just 19 hours later on Sunday afternoon.

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