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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Mauricio Pochettino expresses pride at Wembley record ahead of final game

Spurs have lost only two Premier League games at their temporary home.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have made Wembley home
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have made Wembley home

By Jonathan Veal, Press Association Sport

Mauricio Pochettino is proud of how Tottenham made Wembley home as they prepare for the curtain to come down on their time there.

Spurs have been playing at the national stadium while White Hart Lane is being rebuilt, something that was expected to count against them this season.

But instead, they have overcome a ‘Wembley hoodoo’ to post a strong Premier League record there, losing only twice going into their final game against Leicester on Sunday.

They have beaten Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund along the way and Pochettino will leave with happy memories.

“I think we enjoyed it a lot,” he said.

“It’s true that from the beginning nobody believed in us because everyone was worried about playing at Wembley for many, many games.

“I think we feel so proud. We could turn that feeling and all the negativity into a positive. We showed that we could find solutions.

“In the end we could create and feel that Wembley was home and is home now.

“The most important thing is rather than trying to find excuses, finding solutions.

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Tottenham beat Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley this season

“I feel so proud for everyone, of course the players first, our staff, the people who worked so hard to build and create that atmosphere and course our fans.

“We expect and demand a lot from them in moving to Wembley from White Hart Lane, it was a very difficult thing.

“All together now, we deserve to play Champions League next season to come back to our real home.

“I think everyone deserves the credit, the fans, the players and the staff.

“It was a massive job to achieve what we achieved this season despite so many things being against us.”

Pochettino has delivered a third successive Champions League qualification, even with the disadvantage of playing at Wembley and their top-four rivals spending far more than them.

Spurs will return to their rebuilt new home next season and the Argentinean is positive about the future.

“We were trying to improve and we wanted to provide exciting moments for the fans watching the team play,” he added.

“I think this season is the second best in the Premier League since 1992 and that is what we need to do.

“The future of Tottenham will be bright because of the facilities and the new stadium.

“It will be a massive thing trying to put the club where it deserves to be.

“There is no doubt about where the club will go. It is in a very good direction and a very good way, but no doubt it will improve.”

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