Pochettino Proud To See Tottenham Bag UCL Berth At Makeshift Wembley Home

Friday, 11 May, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described a return to Champions League football at the club's new 62,000 capacity stadium next season as "massively important" after securing a top four finish on Wednesday.

The Argentine said that the feat was particularly impressive as Spurs have been playing away from home all season given that they been forced to play at Wembley as White Hart Lane is rebuilt.

With Spurs having spent the season at temporary home Wembley Stadium, Pochettino has described securing another top-four spot in the Premier League standings as "a massive achievement".

"Today I am thinking to try to enjoy what we achieve".

"Now, after 23 years in the Premier League, this is the first time Tottenham are above the other London clubs".

Pochettino appreciates the players and staff will take some time to settle into their new surroundings.

At the Etihad, champion Manchester City added three more records to a sensational season by breaking the previous best Premier League marks for wins, points and goals in a 3-1 victory over Brighton.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted how hard the match had been, saying 'It's never easy when you have the pressure to win and play against a team that is free to run and make mistakes and play so deep, like Newcastle'. "I want to congratulate the players first of all and then the staff". We can not feel the same as we did at White Hart Lane or (how we will) in our new stadium.

"I hope fitness is not a big issue, and he can be ready and fit to play at the World Cup".

'It will be a fantastic stadium but you need to make it your home, like with Wembley we will need time for that to happen.

Spurs were stumbling towards the line and this was another nervy night as Newcastle were not lying down.

Hugo made the save of the night to turn away Jamal Lascelles' header in the first half and made a key intervention as Dwight Gayle look to pounce from close range inside the final 20 minutes.

Son Heung-min's low cross teed up Kane to open his body and curl home his 39th goal of the season into the top corner.

"We knew about Chelsea (drawing) - Toni (Jimenez, goalkeeping coach) was telling me".

"There were two decisions, two penalties that were clear but not given, but still we had enough chances to score".

"It's been a long, tough season, playing here at Wembley has been different but it's been a good journey, a good experience".