Pochettino ‘grateful’ for Tottenham’s temporary home

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham Hotspur should consider themselves ‘grateful’ for being able to play their home fixtures at Wembley.

The national stadium has been used as a venue for Tottenham’s home fixtures since the beginning of last season and will remain there until the beginning of the new year at the very earliest.

Tottenham’s new 62,062 seater stadium was set to open on September 15th for the visit of Liverpool in the Premier League, only for issues with critical safety systems to cause a delay to the opening.

Last month, Daniel Levy said in a statement that the club would play at Wembley for the remainder of the year and that a further update on the stadium’s progress would be issued in early December.

Wembley has come in for criticism in recent weeks after three weeks of successive NFL games had seriously affected the condition of the playing surface.  However, Pochettino appreciates being able to play their matches in the capital.

He told Football365: “We need to be grateful for Wembley, because without Wembley now we play where?”

“Of course, we cannot blame Wembley and I think we need to be grateful because we can compete in London, close to White Hart Lane, close to our training ground and that is a massive advantage for us.

“Of course, after that you feel disappointed because it’s not your home, it’s not your house.

“But I think the legacy of (chairman) Daniel (Levy) and the board and what the club is doing for the club for the rest of our lives and for the next generation of Tottenham fans, it’s massive.

“That’s why we need to have patience because if we wait maybe a few weeks more, or months, to finish the stadium.

“The other day we were talking in the meeting with the players and all the staff, and we start to feel it’s so close and it will be a big boost for us to compete there.”

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