Pochettino talks about playing Champions League last 16 in the new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League on Tuesday, edging out Inter Milan to take second place in the group.

Spurs had to at least match whatever result the Italians got at home to bottom of the group PSV.

Pochettino’s men fought bravely, but missed a host of chances, and left it late to equalise against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Thanks to PSV, 1-1 was enough for Tottenham, as they held Inter Milan to a draw at the San Siro.

Spurs will now play one of Porto, Real Madrid, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, or Bayern Munich in the round of sixteen.

With Champions League football absent until February, the talk has now turned to where Tottenham will be playing their home tie, Wembley or the new stadium.

Spurs will do everything they can to ensure it is the latter, but they have not confirmed either way as of yet.

Pochettino was asked in his press conference whether he would want to play it at the new ground.

He said (Football London): “I hope and I wish to play our first leg in the new stadium. Now, I don’t know if it’s going to be there or not or in Wembley. We need to wait. But my wish and hope is we can pay the first leg in our new stadium.

“I don’t think it is going to help us with our performance in the way that we want [where we play]. If we are capable of performing in the best way, of course it is going to help us – Wembley or our new stadium. I don’t believe it is going to be decisive to play in one or another stadium.

“The most important is our performance on the pitch. Of course, for the motivation, for our fans, of course for our players, our staff, it would be fantastic, a massive boost for us to play in our new stadium. But I think the motivation will be there too if we play Wembley, the same.”

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