The Wembley surface is worn, looks tired and without the usual sheen – and Tottenham is not what they were either.
They too have lost some of their shine, which made them so pleasing to the eye. Perhaps, like their home, they are tired and overworked and confused by the debate about their true purpose in life.
This Champions League campaign was torn from Milan via London to Eindhoven and back, but finally the Spurs won in 2018 for the first time a victory in Europe.
Harry Kane was the hero for Tottenham as he scored two late goals to help Spurs come off a strike to beat the PSV
The English striker scored his 13th UEFA Champions League goals in his last 14 games, earning his team three crucial points
PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet tried in vain to jump over and keep the ball outside, but he came late into the bottom corner
Previously, Kane scored the equalizer for Tottenham after the home side had gradually put pressure on the defense
Harry Winks (left) and Fernando Llorente (right) celebrate with the striker after bringing the Spurs back into the game
It came late. And in a neglected way. Thanks to Harry Kane's two goals, it was also the case that typified his team's refusal to accept a defeat when they headed for Luuk de Jong after 61 seconds.
Kane forced the winner in the 89th minute, a header on the far post, which had to accept two distractions, as he shot into the net.
Perhaps his goals will trigger a kind of wondrous escape that they will talk about for decades, but it seems unlikely. The odds are strong for a group stage exit for Mauricio Pochettino's team. At Wembley and Barcelona in the Nou Camp, they face tremendous challenges against Inter, and the struggle for survival in a difficult group has eaten the harmony carefully cultivated by the manager.
As frustration grew and PSV resisted on Tuesday night, Pochettino's decision to buy Lucas Moura was mocked. His spicy runs had caught his eye, but the Brazilian was selected to make room for Erik Lamela, who helped to win.
Of course, this was forgotten by the final whistle when the Glory and Glory tunes sounded in the stadium, and everyone breathed in relief.
PLAY FACTS, RATINGS, TABLE AND PLAY ZONE
Gazzaniga 6; Aurier 6 (Trippier 75 min, 6.5), Sanchez 6, Alderweireld 6, Davies 6.5; Eriksen 6.5, Winks 7, Alli 6.5; Moura 7 (Lamela 62, 7), Son 5 (Llorente 75, 6.5); Kane 8.
GATES: Kane (78, 89)
BOOKINGS: Son, Trippier.
SUBS: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Sissoko.
MANAGER: Mauricio Pochettino 7
Zoet 7.5; Dumfries 6.5, Viergever 7, Schwaab 7, Angelino 6.5; Rosario 6, Hendrix 6.5, Pereiro 6 (Paint 73, 5); Bergwijn 6 (Gutierrez 86), De Jong 7 (Sainsbury 81), Lozano 6.5.
GATES: De Jong 2,
BOOKINGS: Lozano, Schwaab.
SUBS: Room, Behich, Sainsbury, Ramselaar, Gutierrez, Mauro Junior.
MANAGER: Mark van Bommel 6.5
REF: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia) 6.5
Kane rushed back to his own half to restart the game as quickly as possible to help his team find a winner on Tuesday
Luuk de Jong lost Dele Alli in the pits and sent his header past Paulo Gazzaniga to give the PSV an early lead at Wembley
Wembley was surprised when the striker turned Gaston Pereiro's corner within 90 seconds of kick-off
Pochettino praised the spirit of his players and can be satisfied with his substitutions and his rotation in the squad. There were six changes in the team that won in Wolverhampton. Paolo Gazzaniga was jailed for Hugo Lloris, who was suspended, and Dele Alli returned as part of an adventurous formation.
Gazzaniga's first touch of the ball was to pull him out of his net in the second minute. The PSV, the first Dutch club to play at Wembley since Ajax in 1971, was in attack to force a corner.
Not for the first time this season, Spurs defended a weak set. At the edge of the penalty area, Alli De Jong lost and tried to pull him briefly by the shirt before deciding to let him go. His efforts to recover were thwarted when he was blocked by Nick Viergever.
At the time when De Jong, the scorer of the late equalizer in Eindhoven two weeks ago, hit the corner of Gaston Pereiro, he was completely alone and could easily steer a solid header, which offered Gazzaniga no chance.
In the midst of all the problems surrounding Pochettino, such as delays in the new stadium, interest in Real Madrid and the lack of signings, there is this blatant football problem.
Nine out of 22 goals he scored against his team came from standard sets and conceded eight goals.
It only took 62 seconds for Tottenham's Nightmare Champions League campaign to deteriorate
The Dutch team celebrated together with some miserable Tottenham fans watching in the stands
Gazzaniga had no chance and remained rooted as de Jong's goal flew past him into the net
Alli was the man responsible for losing his marker, but the PSV blocked some decent defense in the penalty area
When the Dutch champion and nearly 5,000 of his followers celebrated the early De Jong strike, Pochettino angrily knocked on an iPad on which the PSV standards should be placed. Tottenham at least made a positive response. Christian Eriksen shot back and Angelino broke away from the goal line as Alli struck a header from Davinson Sanchez.
Kane forced Jeroen Zoet to save and Lucas Moura dribbled deep into the PSV's penalty area before being stopped by blue shirts.
Zoet made a very impressive double block to first defeat Eriksen and then Alli, though both efforts might have been clinically terminated rather than being shot into the goalkeeper's body.
Toby Alderweireld let go of Alli and a good first touch brought the ball down, but again he failed to make the connection with his goal, and Zoet climbed to save.
Spurs had a number of chances in the first half and dominated the ball, but could not find a way through the defense
Alli tried to make up for his earlier mistake, but saw his efforts blocked as Spurs went in search of a equalizer
Harry Kane was upset over a decision by referee Ivan Kruzliak and passionately protested to the officer
Tottenham did not threaten Zoets Tor the same way after the break as PSV defended the penalty area.
Moura was sacrificed to get Lamela into shape. Fernando Llorente and Kieran Trippier followed by the bank.
Kane found another pass 11 minutes from time and ran past Zoet with his left foot after being knocked down by Llorente.
The winner was a header from a cross from Ben Davies, who had to take two distractions, the second key substitute Trent Sainsbury on his way to Zoet.
Not nice but so important.
There were plenty of free seats in the National Stadium and a subdued atmosphere as Spurs tried to fight back
Lucas Moura looked like a threat with his speed and his dribbling ability, which caused many problems for the PSV defense
Mauricio Pochettino frustrated in his technical field before his side made a late turnaround
Tottenham is still very much alive but faces tough trials next weekend against Inter Milan and Barcelona
Overall, Harry Winks and Alli delivered strong performances, and Spurs will hope to sustain their momentum