Pochettino feels brave decision has paid off for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham played their first Premier League game at their new 62,062 capacity stadium yesterday against Crystal Palace.

Spurs ran out 2-0 winners in what was a historic occasion for the club.

The club were initially scheduled to move to the venue last September but had to put off the move after repeated delays due to issues with the critical safety systems.

There were many pundits suggesting that Tottenham should see out this season at Wembley and start the next campaign at the new stadium.

However, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino remained adamant that he would prefer to move to the state of the art venue as soon as it was ready.

Following the victory, the Argentine felt the club were vindicated in their decision to play their five remaining Premier League home games as well as the Champions League quarter-final at the new venue.

While the 46-year-old admitted there was added pressure on the team given the occasion, he said it was the kind of pressure that the players thrive on.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “Yes, you know, you have asked me in the past if it was good to change, to move to the new stadium or keep playing at Wembley.

“In football like in life you need to be brave, be confident in your quality and your skills and potential, and of course now it was a little bit pressure.

“I think the excitement, the motivation the atmosphere and energy that our fans relayed to us today make everything possible. The performance was good.

“That is our second day at the stadium for us and the players but it starts to feel like home, it is going to be a so important place for the future and of course I think we were right to move here.

“With all the risk of course but I think in football if you want to achieve important things you need to be brave and we were brave moving and starting to play this season.”

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