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Saturday 19 August 2017

Pochettino: New stadium has soul

Mauricio Pochettino is ready for the stadium move
Mauricio Pochettino is ready for the stadium move

Mauricio Pochettino believes the soul of White Hart Lane will carry over to Tottenham's new stadium.

Spurs host Manchester United tomorrow in their final game at the current ground before they move to Wembley for a season while their new home is completed.

A farewell ceremony will be put on after the full-time whistle blows, with some of the club's most cherished players and managers set to attend.

Spurs have called White Hart Lane home since 1899, but unlike London rivals Arsenal and West Ham they will be staying at the current site, the new stadium located just next door.

Pochettino said: "I hope Sunday will be the most special day in the last three seasons. It will be special for our fans, staff, players, people who love Tottenham. When the new era and stadium arrive there will be different expectations but, most important, always in our memory will be White Hart Lane, the soul and the smell.

"When you move to another area it's so difficult, but now we are changing nothing because the new stadium will be in the same place as White Hart Lane and that is fantastic."

Pochettino knows how it feels to leave a long-established ground as he was playing for Espanyol when they moved away from Sarria Stadium, their home for 74 years, in 1997.

He believes such experiences can bring a club together.

"Why shouldn't we win some trophies in the season at Wembley?" said Pochettino. "After leaving Sarria, we spent 12 years at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic and won the Copa del Rey twice. It is a moment when the club need your best."

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