Pochettino: “Spurs now relish playing at Wembley”

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Speaking following our victory on Saturday,Mauricio Pochettino has described how his players now relish playing at Wembley after we again convinced in that 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

We host Juventus in the Champions League knockout stages hoping to progress to the competition’s quarter-finals, and we had the perfect preparation easing to all three points against The Terriers after fine finishes in each half from Son Heung-min.

Our fine performance came at the end of a week in which we have scored eight goals at our temporary home, and where we will also face Juve and where we initially previously struggled.

Adjusting to Wembley having left White Hart Lane while our new stadium is being built has been one of our biggest challenges with early results amounting to a situation that became described as having a “Wembley curse”, but our performance against Huddersfield was a significant improvement on that in last week’s victory at Crystal Palace, and also represented our seventh in succession at “home”.

“I am so pleased, it is a fantastic run at home,” said Pochettino on Friday. “We can say Wembley is our home and that is so important for the team.When we played here last season in the Champions League or Europa League it was a strange feeling, a difficult feeling, but for our fans and us it’s like our home and the team feel good. The performance was good: a very good professional performance.

Pochettino added: “Son is one of the players you always expect amazing things from. He is a talented player, consistent, very professional and with a player like him or Harry (Kane), they work a lot and it’s payback.We are now in a position that we have to be focused and prepare for Juventus. We don’t have control over what is going to happen (in the Premier League on Sunday) but we are happy because winning three points was our objective.”

Pochettino was asked about Wednesday’s fixture against the Italian champions, to which he responded: “Our approach will be the same as we approach the game in Turin (in the 2-2 draw in the first leg). You need to feel happy; you need to feel free.

He added: “It’s a football game and we’re going to enjoy it. It’s important, it’s a massive competition, but we fought a lot in the last few years to try to be there and go to play these type of games.”

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